MY 2001 JETTA GLS 2 LITRE WILL NOT START.

  • Tiny
  • kawmhw
  • 2001 Volkswagen Jetta
  • 78,000 miles

I checked my battery and have 12 volts at the terminals. I cleaned all the connections. My lights horn and everything else works. When I turn the key nothing happens except I do hear the fuel pump being energized. I took the small wire off the starter and put a test light at it and turned the key( no light). The last thing I tried was bypassing the ignition and put 12 volts directly to the starter solenoid. The car started. Don't know what to do next.
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Ken

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Saturday, May 5th, 2012 AT 3:56 PM

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  • Tiny
  • fixitmr
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Stick or automatic? Possible clutch switch or neutral safety switch issue?

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Saturday, May 5th, 2012 AT 4:01 PM
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  • kawmhw
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The care is an automatic

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Saturday, May 5th, 2012 AT 4:04 PM
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Where is the neutral safety switch and how do I test it?

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Saturday, May 5th, 2012 AT 4:15 PM
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  • fixitmr
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I think it's right in your shifter console on shifter.

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Saturday, May 5th, 2012 AT 7:25 PM
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  • exovcds
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There are several components that work together, to allow the engine
to be cranked.

- ignition switch (feeds power to the P/N relay
- multi-function transmission range switch (tells the TCM what position
the shifter is in)
- TCM - transmission control module (grounds the P/N relay to allow cranking of the engine)
- park / neutral position Relay (supplies power to the starter when
the TCM provides a ground)

Park / Neutral relay is located on the relay panel.

Transmission Range switch is mounted to the transmission.

Thomas

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Saturday, May 5th, 2012 AT 9:45 PM
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  • ASEMaster6371
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Agree with Thomas. You need to start testing from the ignition switch and move out.

Roy

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Sunday, May 6th, 2012 AT 11:23 AM

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