Distributor compatibility


Electrical problem
1996 Volkswagen Jetta 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual

I have a 96 Jetta that is giving a P0303 misfire code. I've been systematically working my way back from the cylinder 3 spark plug (ignition coil was replaced 2 months ago). When I got to the distributor, the retaining clips were rusty and in bad shape. Needless to say, one broke off. I also have a 99 Jetta that is inoperable because it needs a new motor (my daughter drove it after ripping out the plug on the oil pan in a construction zone). I'm wondering if I can replace the distributor in the 96 with the distributor from the 99? Or if you have any suggestions about how to get the dist. Cap to stay down with only one side clipped that would be easier. Thanks.

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Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 AT 12:46 PM

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So I looked into the 99's engine compartment for the first time (it's always been handled by a local repair shop) and I can't tell if it even has a distributor. I've used cable ties in the interim to hold the distributor cap down on the 97 (I said 96 but it is a 97, also it's a GT) so I can troubleshoot the P0303.

The 97 Jetta seems to be fine until the engine warms up and then it starts the misfiring, sluggish acceleration and chugging sounds. Can anyone give any insight into whether I should waste my time with the current troubleshooting track I'm on and refocus on something different?

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Friday, August 14th, 2009 AT 9:55 AM

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