1995 Volkswagen Passat Car will Not Crank

Tiny
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  • 1995 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
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  • 123,000 MILES
1995 VW Passat GLX VR6

The Car won't start on it's own. I have to physical pop the clutch to get it moving, after that it's butter.

But I'm trouble shooting and this what I've conclude thus far:

***NOTE*** I'm sorry if my info is not as detailed as I would like it, since I do not have a repair manual. I'll try my best

1. There's two fuses above the battery enclosed by a plastic lid. The two fuses are a 5 and 20. The 5 keeps popping each time I turn the ignition.I believe what I hear when my friend was turning the key a "click" from what appears to be a Relay on the Firewall towards the Windshield (though I do not know the name of since I don't have a repair manual ><) it most certainly seems it's pushing current though but then the fuse pops thus creating an open and the relay loses it juice. I was tempted to just bridge over the fuse in hopes of finding a possible exposed wire or something but worried it may fry the ECM or something that was perfectly fine before hand. And, since I do not have any electrical diagrams I'm dumbfounded as of what leads to what as in case of the relay and/or the fuses above the battery. The new battery is a different size from the old one in the car, however, according to the far reaching computers at autozone the battery that I purchased was compatible with my particular model. I checked all the fuses under the dash, all good throughout.

2. The starter was replaced recently, about 3 weeks ago, everything ran great for a while, Then one day my car wouldn't crank. It doesn't make effort to turn. But, I did check the starter terminal plug in while the keys were set to On, and did receive power. So could the starter just crap out or sieze and not make any noise or motion?

3. I recently altered my radio, by replacing the jimmy-ridged cd-player that was installed by the previous owner. I mention this cause, the person cut off the original wire harness head piece and spliced his cd player in it rather then spending the 20 bucks and picking up an adaptor. So I went to a junk yard and took the head piece off a 2002 Beetle, the heads match. So I spliced it into the wire harness. However, foolish me took the constant 12v and the 12v switch and spliced them together. It worked, but the cd player wouldn't shut off (of course), so I unplug the cd player over night. Next day, the car wouldn't start (this what gave me the impression of a dead battery). Through much painstaking effort (not really just had to use my head) I figured out the proper wiring (the next day). So the cd player turns off with the ignition as it should now and plays at optimal. Now, could of that fried something or flipped something with the radio protection feature (which I'm not familiar with what so ever) that's on the VW's? Which is what I heard that wouldn't allow the car starter to engage.

4. The Steering wheel column, possibly the ignition may have been worked on since the cosmetic cover is not on it and a ribbon cable that is around the steering wheel is hanging loosely, but I'm presuming it's still connect but it's a hassle nonetheless.

Well, I hope this is enough information to pin-point the problem, if not I'll be more then happy to further explain the situation to the best of my knowledge.

Misc information that may/may not effect the situation are as follows:

The Check engine light comes on But goes away after driving a good 5 mins or comes back at idle around 500-600 rpm, which I think is an air flow problem. It's always done that since I purchased the vehicle.

No major problems happening engine is kept up with usually task (i.E oil changes, minor tune ups, etc) Doesn't Burn oil and runs like a breeze, transmission is "alittle rough" clutch isn't slipping but most quite sure it's worn a bit.

So to conclude everything that was done to this car since I bought it aprox a month ago.

1. New Battery
2. New Starter
3. New CD Player Deck
4. New Spark-plugs
5. New Air Filter
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Friday, August 14th, 2009 AT 10:41 PM

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Tiny
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Hi
O.K. First lets try and untangle this mess. Does car have anti-theft system?
Put your test light on the small red/black wire at starter sloenoid turn key to start does it light?
Let me know
Thanks for donate
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Saturday, August 15th, 2009 AT 10:25 AM
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Saturday, August 15th, 2009 AT 10:59 AM
Tiny
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Sorry about that quote, my cell phone doesn't seem to be so compatible with this site.

But anyways as it turns out I figured out the problem. Apparently the Starter went out again. Oddly enough to say that it was completely seize, though it still was taking in current but not making any response.

My conclusion is that it was a bad Starter from the start. And since it was still under warranty, no problem.

Though, It still has me uncertain as what would of cause the starter to go out like that?

However, Thank You for your advice.
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Saturday, August 15th, 2009 AT 10:50 PM
Tiny
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That's great news got a new starter and other stuff. Is that fuse still blowing?
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Sunday, August 16th, 2009 AT 12:37 PM

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