Starter not working

Tiny
SANDRA71
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  • 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. 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 8:12 PM

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Tiny
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How can you tell that the battery is good?

Here is a guide that will help

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/starter-not-working-repair
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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
Tiny
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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
MANDYGEORGE
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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
SANDRA71
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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
MANDYGEORGE
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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
STROKIN2011
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I just replaced the starter and now my car will not roll over it was running fine just after the install and then it quit and wont roll over what can I do?
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Monday, January 6th, 2020 AT 12:44 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Make sure the battery terminals are clean and tight. Check to make sure the terminals at the starter are tight.
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Monday, January 6th, 2020 AT 12:44 PM (Merged)
Tiny
MICHAELPLANDRY
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My '92 Volkswagon Jetta has been missing for some time. Initially thought I had water in the fuel tank. Quit missing for sometime then started again. The last couple of times when I started my Jetta it would not crank right away & then finally quit running all together. I have changed plugs & fuel filter. By the way I'm getting fire to the plugs. ANY HELP WILL BE APPRECIATED.

THANKS
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Monday, January 6th, 2020 AT 12:45 PM (Merged)
Tiny
HPARKHUSTLER
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Check firing order on spark plugs
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Monday, January 6th, 2020 AT 12:45 PM (Merged)
Tiny
ACDCROCKS
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  • 1994 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA
Engine Performance problem
1994 Volkswagen Jetta 4 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic

The engine will not crank over at all and there is a lot of oil in the air filter
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Monday, January 6th, 2020 AT 12:45 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Ok change the filter, clean out the air box clean the air tube leading to th e throttle body, clean the throttle body, and change the pcv valve, let me know how it goes
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Monday, January 6th, 2020 AT 12:45 PM (Merged)
Tiny
DOCOC12345
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My car won't crank an won't start but only on occasions like I can drive all day park it then go to start it again and it won't work
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Monday, January 6th, 2020 AT 12:45 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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IT sounds like a battery connection problem, do all the lights on the dash go out? if so check out this information.

http://www.2carpros.com/articles/everything-goes-dead-when-engine-is-cranked

Please get back to me with you finding so it can help others
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