Screwy Volkswagon

Tiny
JESIKAJOHNSON
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I have a 00 Volkswagon Passat turbo, manual, with 83000 miles. This car was sold to us as 'salvaged title' and we have already had the engine replaced once due to four holes in the engine block from faulty hoses, pressure, etc. That was done a little over three months ago. Now there is another problem. Well, two. The check engine light comes on whenever you get to third gear and accelerate to get into fourth. The mechanic said I need some kind of plug replaced. [Just saying this incase this is connected somehow to my real problem.] The real problem is that my car will not start. There is no ticking sound, it will not even turn. When I go to start it, it makes this really loud buzzing noise from the dash area. When it first happened, I tried it about 3-4 times, and it started and ran fine. It sat for about an hour, drove it again, started no problem. About two hours later, went to start it, it wouldnt start for the world. Kept buzzing. I would take my foot off the clutch and it would stop buzzing. A few mechanics came over to look at it, jumped it and it started. Pushed it out into second gear and it quit working. Every time the mechanic has gone to work on it, it keeps starting so they "cant" find whats wrong with it to fix it. I took my car to autozone and had a battery test done and its only two years old. The guy says it reads just fine. The mechanics said they checked everything with the alternator, starter, etc to see if any bad connections were there. Its been there for over a week now and it starts every time. I dont want to pick it up and get stranded somewhere. Any ideas?
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Saturday, November 10th, 2007 AT 8:47 AM

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Tiny
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>Oil on clutch plate lining, burned or glazed facings
>Worn or loose engine or transaxle mounts
>Worn splines on clutch plate hub
>Warped pressure plate or flywheel
>Burned or Smeared resin on flywheel or pressure plate

Let me know what happens, I'd really like to hear from ya!


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Sunday, November 18th, 2007 AT 1:20 AM
Tiny
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After a week of the car being in the shop, it never once made the noise for the mechanics so they never figured out what the problem was. The other day it started fine in the morning, started fine when I left for work.20 seconds after I left, I turned the car off at the gas station and sure enough. The sucker didnt start. I kept trying to turn it on and at one point I just kept holding the key in the 'on' position and the buzz was constant then started to "crack" as if it were so start frying out. After holding it in the 'on' position for ever 20 seconds it actually turned over and the car turned on. So now the mechanic thinks it the starter relay. Sound right?
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Sunday, November 18th, 2007 AT 10:03 AM
Tiny
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Well there isnt a "starter" relay on VW's, there is an "ignition" relay. Slight difference, but I would interpret that as a starter relay being for the starter and ignition relay controlling the entire ignition. Hope that makes sense. Anyway, Heres how you can check to see if your ignition relay is faulty. The ignition relay is a grey relay located under your dashboard. It has the number 185 on the top of it. You have to remove the shin protector from under the steering column. Remove the relay and then look at the connectors. They should be numbered. Terminals 85 and 86 are normally the control circut. Connect a fused jumper wire to terminal 86 and the positive battery terminal. Connect another jumper wire between terminal 85 and the ground. When the connection is made, you should hear a click sound. With the jumper wires connected, check the continuity between terminals 30 and 87. You should have some continuity. There should be no continuity between terminals 30 and 87 while the relay is de-energized. You can check continuity with a multimeter, on the Ohms setting. And you can make the fused jumper wires with a couple of wires, and a fuse somewhere in the circut. If the relay fails any of these tests, replace it for 19.00 ordered at VW Dealership. :)
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Monday, November 19th, 2007 AT 6:28 AM

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