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    Thread: 2000 Jetta VR6 won't start

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      12-30-2007 03:59 PM #1
      I have a 2000 Jetta VR6. I just had a new tranny and clutch put in just over a week ago due to the differential blowing a hole through the tranny. Well I didn't even have my car back for a week when I went to go start my car... and it wouldn't start. Everything comes on (electronics, fuel pump, etc) just no action to attempt to start it. No starter noise, no nothing. Just full dash lights, electronics, and the usual fuel pump and the usual click I hear from around the throttle body.

      Any ideas what could be causing this? I was reading up on the ignition switch, but I understand that it usually effects electronics too. Maybe a bad connection on the starter? Maybe the clutch switch? Any ideas?

      Thanks in advance!


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      '09 CC vr6 4motion
      12-30-2007 04:00 PM #2
      Battery has been tested and is fine. It is def not a bad battery.

    3. 12-30-2007 04:05 PM #3
      had the same thing and it was a shot alternator, but i guess it could be a different problem.

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      '09 CC vr6 4motion
      12-30-2007 04:07 PM #4
      Yeah that would make for a dead battery

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      '09 CC vr6 4motion
      12-30-2007 06:07 PM #5
      Anyone?

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      12-30-2007 06:09 PM #6
      Check your grounds, i know that there is one on the Trans it could be your problem.

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      12-30-2007 06:12 PM #7
      Check the power cable to the starter. Maybe when the starter was being put back in someone forgot to tighten the nut all the way and it vibrated loose from the week of driving.

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      '09 CC vr6 4motion
      12-30-2007 07:20 PM #8
      I know the starter is like under the battery. What is the easiest way to get to it?

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      '09 CC vr6 4motion
      12-31-2007 01:46 PM #9
      Bump...

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      12-31-2007 01:49 PM #10
      like what was said above....verify that the battery and all the associated cables are in good shape.....if those all check out, then the issue is the starter, or the ingition switch....rule out the easiest 1st.

      also, LOAD test the battery, do not trust a simple voltage check.


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      '09 CC vr6 4motion
      12-31-2007 05:38 PM #11
      I just checked all the cables running to the starter and they all look fine. If it was a bad ignition switch, wouldn't electronics act funny?

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      '09 CC vr6 4motion
      12-31-2007 10:26 PM #12
      I replaced the ignition switch... not the problem.

      Should I go ahead and try to replace the starter? Is there anyway it can be tested while it is still in the car?


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      12-31-2007 11:11 PM #13
      Try push start? (manny tranny only)

    14. 01-01-2008 12:40 AM #14
      Quote, originally posted by cannondalemtb »
      I replaced the ignition switch... not the problem.

      Should I go ahead and try to replace the starter? Is there anyway it can be tested while it is still in the car?

      to test the starter just remove it and hold it out in the open while someone tries to start the car...you should see the solenoid and starter pinion pop out whilst it rotates. If it's doing that then you might check to make sure all the other connections are hooked up like the reverse indicator on the back of the tranny and simple ish like that. Who did the maintenance before? yourself?

      I had something similar a while ago thinking my engine wasn't turning over and the car wouldn't start but turns out I got the fuel lines on the rail backwards A loud explosion, fuel in my eyes and 20 minutes later I had it right

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    15. 01-01-2008 12:59 AM #15
      Make sure the starter lead isnt grounding out, it happened to me once when I wasnt paying attention, during a bendex grease up

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      '09 CC vr6 4motion
      01-01-2008 01:04 AM #16
      Pop start works, but that is no solution.

      The work was done by a local shop and friend. How hard is the starter to get out?


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      01-01-2008 01:12 AM #17
      please go back and state what you have done so far....

    18. 01-01-2008 01:18 AM #18
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      Quote, originally posted by cannondalemtb »
      Pop start works, but that is no solution.

      The work was done by a local shop and friend. How hard is the starter to get out?

      drive up on some ramps or jack it up, two bolts, pull...might have to remove the clamps holding the power steering fluid line but you won't have to disconnect it, just push it out of the way if you want to drop it down all the way.

      climb under the car and look at it and you'll understand how it works. The upper bolt is probably easier to remove without the battery in the way. I had mine in the trunk so I never had that problem.


      Modified by WAGN LOL at 11:20 PM 12-31-2007

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    19. 01-01-2008 01:22 AM #19
      here's a pic of under your car (my old VRT but same damn thing), you can see the starter to the left and the line I was talking about:

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    20. 01-01-2008 01:24 AM #20
      and a look at where all the bolts are without the starter in there

      hope these are helping.

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    21. 01-01-2008 03:19 AM #21
      I would say just replace the starter and try it, I'd bet thats the fix.

    22. 01-01-2008 04:01 AM #22
      Quote, originally posted by Jason LaRue »
      I would say just replace the starter and try it, I'd bet thats the fix.

      he can figure out if it's bad just by pulling it and cranking the engine...it'd be a waste of money to replace it and not do the simple check first.

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    23. 01-01-2008 09:33 AM #23
      Why not take a meter or test light and just check to see if you're getting power to the starter/solenoid? Cheaper to diagnose the problem than just replacing random parts.

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      01-01-2008 02:27 PM #24
      you can also jump start the starter to see if it is working. it worked for me once.

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