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  • hippymom48
  • 1988 Volkswagen Van

1988 Volkswagen Van 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Manual 400000 miles

I have an 88 Volkswagen Vanagon. When I last drove it it was bogging down and bucking as it was going down the road especially when it was cold. The conclusion that my mechanic husband came to was that it needed a mass airflow meter. We let the vehicle sit for about a year starting it just a few times, as I had another car to drive. Three weeks ago he installed the new airflow meter and the van will not stay running. It stars and then the RPM needle goes to 0. If you continue to give it gas you can almost keep it going. Popping and backfiring. We've also put a bottle of dry gas and a bottle of injector cleaner in to no avail. Any input you could give would be appreciated.

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Monday, May 4th, 2009 AT 3:49 PM

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  • Tiny
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Was meter from a salvage or brand new from VW?
What happens if old meter is reinstalled? Assuming plugs, cap, rotor, wires all good. Has engine compression been tested? Give me all info as to repairs and is 400K miles correct? WOW
Let me know
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Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 AT 10:07 AM

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