Will not start

Tiny
REEVA FALLIS
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  • 1999 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA
  • 4 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 129,000 MILES
Car just won't start and all everything else works. But it also locks doors by itself.
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Friday, August 9th, 2019 AT 5:34 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Welcome to 2CarPros.

There are a few things that can cause a crank no start condition. Basically, the engine needs compression, fuel, the correct timing, and ignition spark. If it has those things, it has no choice but to run.

What we need to do is determine which of those things are missing. I am going to provide a few links that will guide you through the process. Please keep in mind, I am assuming the starter is engaging and turning the engine, but it won't start. If that is incorrect, let me know.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start

Here are links that explain how to check for ignition spark and fuel to the engine:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-fuel-system-pressure-and-regulator

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-test-an-ignition-system

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You will need a test light and volt meter or multi meter to check for spark. Here are links that show how they are used:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-test-light-circuit-tester

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-voltmeter

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-wiring

Let me know if you are able to do those things. Also, if the starter isn't engaging, here is a link that explains how to check a starter:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/starter-not-working-repair

If you have questions, need help, or anything else, let me know. Also, let me know what you find.

Take care,
Joe
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Saturday, August 10th, 2019 AT 6:38 PM
Tiny
REEVA FALLIS
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The car will not crank at all. The only noise I would hear is the fuel pump.
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Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 AT 10:01 AM
Tiny
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Welcome back:

I need you to check if the starter is getting power. The directions for testing a starter is in the last link I added above.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/starter-not-working-repair

Also, see if placing the transmission in neutral makes a difference.

Let me know.

Joe
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Thursday, August 22nd, 2019 AT 9:33 PM

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