Won't start. Battery good, starter replaced

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SANDRA71
  • 1995 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA
  • 15,000 MILES

Jetta will not start. No crank with key in ignition. Already replaced starter, and battery is good. Car will not run if clutch popped. I think its engine problem because car will not run and won't start.

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Sunday, September 11th, 2011 AT 8:12 PM

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Tiny
SANDRA71
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If anyone reads this and has a possible answer it would be appreciated. I bought the car at an auction and paid 1400 for it. I dont have a lot of money to pay for answers so a donation to me would be appreciated.

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Sunday, September 11th, 2011 AT 8:15 PM
Tiny
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How can you tell that the battery is good?

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Sunday, September 11th, 2011 AT 8:18 PM
Tiny
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Lights stay bright when ignition switch is turned to off position.

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Sunday, September 11th, 2011 AT 8:21 PM
Tiny
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OK. The first thing you need to do is check the voltage on your battery. How bright the lights are is not a reliable indication of battery strength. It might be fine, but we need to know for sure.
You can get a cheap voltmeter at Walmart or any auto parts store. Then just read the voltage and let me know what it is.

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Sunday, September 11th, 2011 AT 8:23 PM
Tiny
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Ok, I will try that and post a response when I have the answer. It will probably take a couple of days.*Sigh* the headaches of buying a used car. It's funny because the car started fine at the auction and also when I drove it off the lot, then I accidentally stalled it and it wouldn't start after that.

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Sunday, September 11th, 2011 AT 8:32 PM
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OK, let me know what you find. Used cars can be a pain sometimes!

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Sunday, September 11th, 2011 AT 8:42 PM
Tiny
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I have a 97 jetta gt. 2.0 4cyl. Doing the very exact thing. New starter. New battery. Will start if I send power through the start signal at the starter. But wont do anything by just turning the key. Lights up everything powers up as if its ready but then nothing. Any ideas? Really need help with this one. Please. Thank you

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Sunday, September 25th, 2011 AT 12:51 PM
Tiny
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Follow my instructions above. Let me know what the test readings show and I'll help you more.

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Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 AT 5:29 AM
Tiny
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Well I have great news! Turns out the jetta had a bad ignition switch! Had it replaced and the switch was falling apart (in pieces)don't know if it's your situation above but it's worth a try because it wasnt that expensive to replace! Thanks so much everyone!

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Monday, October 10th, 2011 AT 3:58 PM
Tiny
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Im having a similar problem but with golf mk5 1.4 put key in turn no power to dash nor to start the batt is fine as the doors open any advice please

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Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 AT 2:38 PM
Tiny
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Our jetta was doing the same thing (mandygeorge). I would have the ignition switch looked at. We had a friend pull it out and replace it at vw dealer

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Thursday, October 13th, 2011 AT 1:26 AM
Tiny
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I will have my partner to take a look for me and let you know if this is the problem thank you (sandra71)

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Thursday, October 13th, 2011 AT 6:32 AM
Tiny
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I forgot to say the car will not start there are no lights nothing works it is like it has died I have looked at my manual and it has an r1 what is this for it is in with the fuses do you k now?

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Thursday, October 13th, 2011 AT 6:38 AM
Tiny
PITT51
  • 1995 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA

Engine Performance problem
1995 Volkswagen Jetta 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

Just replaced timing belt and water pump put it all back together and now it turns over but won't start. Seems to not be getting spark and was fine before the work was done. There is no crank sensor under the timing belt cover like the dealer ship and another mechanic suggested what else should I look for?

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 AT 11:10 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Recheck timing marks and firing order
check coil

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 AT 11:11 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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How can I check the coil?

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 AT 11:11 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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? Disconnect harness connector from Ignition Coil Power Output Stage (N157).
? Disconnect ignition wire from Ignition Coil (N152).
? Switch multimeter (Fluke 83 or equivalent) to resistance range.
? Connect multimeter between Ignition Coil terminals -1- and -15- and measure primary resistance.
? Primary resistance: 0.5-0.7 Ohms
? Connect multimeter between Ignition Coil terminals -4- and -15- and measure secondary resistance.
? Secondary resistance: 3000-4000 Ohms
If resistance values are not within the specified ranges:
? Remove Ignition Coil (N152) and replace Ignition Coil Power Output Stage (N157).
? Repeat primary and secondary resistance checks.

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 AT 11:11 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Ok now if the coil comes out ok and everything else is correct as far as the timing and firing order could it be anything else?

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 AT 11:11 AM (Merged)
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Have a lot of possibilities
but You have to take it one step at a time

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Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 AT 11:11 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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Ok coil checked out good found a broken wire on the distributor plug got new plug wired it back in still won't fire up. I'm about to take it in and have it fixed but really don't want too. What would be the next thing to check?

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