Hello all, newbie here. This is my first NB ever a 2001 Beetle 2.0. I am an Air cooled VW aficionado and early water cooled VW owner as well ( first year 85 Golf daily driver).
Long story shortened as much as humanly (but detailed)possible:
Saw a craiglists ad for this car about 7 months ago. Guy said car was not running but was runnig when he bought it.
Told the wife, this would be a great car for her to use for work compared to your awesome but gas hungry bouncy as hell 05 Jeep Wrangler.
Wife amazingly agreed!( told her I can fix anything)
Guy had it listed for 1500 but said it was a fixer upper. Researched it, went to go see it. Car had a dead battery, shot carb cleaner in intake to make sure it ran, it did. Car was a repo and had some interior dash parts and both interior door panels missing and only one key, no remote fob.
Haggled him down to 1100. Got car home. Did oil change, changed spark plugs, checked timing belt, found fuel pump was fried and replaced intank fuel pump with new unit. Put a fresh battery. Alarm/anti theft kept going on at first.Searched online for tips to reset alarm. Found a tip where you locked doors but left rear hatch open, then crawl through to start. Had to try a few times but finally got car to start and run. Wife was happy we drove around alleys and around the block. At idle car was rough. Check engine light was on, Ran code tester, showed misfire on #1 injector po1237.
Looked at injector, connector looked like someone had allready messed with it. Put new injector just to be shure all was go. Now I can't start car because I cant reset anti theft. Keeps going off. Can't find original steps online that worked first time of course. Have seen and tried many different processes and last one I have done is disconnect battery and reconnect while having key turned to on position. Alarm is off but when I crank the car there is no current to the fuel pump. When I disconnect the battery again and do the regular locking of the car the alarm is activated again as soon as I try to start it by turning the key, opening hood, trunk or passenger door. Back to where I was.
Again car was working and driving before this routine maintenance and fuel injector replacement. The more I researched I came to the conclusion that my drivers door latch button actuator was bad because upon locking it, it would sometimes do a double locking action. My research said this is a big time problem and when it is not working right , the car thinks its locked even when it is open. Maybe I got lucky that first time i reset the alarm/anti theft because the car ran fine that first time.
I bought a brand new door lock actuator a couple weeks ago, installed it, does not do that double locking action and now am at the same point, either no current to fuel pump when I do the battery re connect but alarm off, btw when i do this all the dash components turn on fine and even the auxiliary fans turn on in on radiator. Just that when I crank I cannot hear the fuel pump priming ever. When I do the regular re-connect of the battery but key in door lock, alarm goes off everytime and car cranks but does not start because again no juice to fuel pump because it thinks car is getting [email protected]
I want to love this car and show my wife it is a good car but it's getting hard to believe this.
Yes there is spark because when I shoot carb cleaner into the intake the car starts but then sputters out when carb cleaner is burnt off.
I have checked the fuses per researching online as well.
Any and all tips, or resetting procedures will be greatly appreciated, I will try anything, car was running before!!! please help. Wife is going to make me get rid of it if I can make it work soon.