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    Thread: 2003 GTI 1.8T Cranks over but wont start!

    1. 08-29-2009 05:30 PM #1
      Well.. just recently i bought a civic to drive back and forth to work. Consequently my 2003 vw gti 1.8t has been setting in the garage unattended for 2 weeks, when i came out to start it i found that the battery was dead. So of course i got out the battery charger set it up and let it charge for a bit. Now the battery is charged however all it does is crank and wont start! I pulled my fuel pressure regulator out and had my wife turn the car over, fuel came out so i know it must be getting fuel. Gonna see if i can get coil pack to produce a spark when it gets dark out.

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      Cruise control and A/C stopped working at same time
      Battery started dying on its own (from setting for extended periods of time)

      Got a brand new fuel pump
      and brand new coil packs

      SOMEONE PLZ HELP ME!


    2. 08-29-2009 06:47 PM #2
      HELP ME!

    3. 08-29-2009 09:38 PM #3
      Update: i took my battery off and took it to oreillys to get it tested they said its fine. So... i took the coilpack off, stuck the spark plug in it and sat it on the valve cover, had my wife start the car, and the spark plug gave off spark.

      So i know that it is getting fuel and its getting spark.


    4. 08-30-2009 07:06 AM #4
      maybe some how you shorted your ecu??

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      08-30-2009 08:04 AM #5
      Check your fuse to your fuel injectors.
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    6. 08-30-2009 10:31 AM #6
      the fuse box inside the door panel? or is there another one? because i have checked just about every fuse in the one inside the door panel.

    7. 08-30-2009 10:33 AM #7
      Could this be true? my buddy said that my be a possibility too. Geez i hope not they are expensive to buy not only that but id have to get my ecu reflashed >.<

    8. 08-30-2009 10:45 AM #8
      you still havent tested the starter or alternator. You can pull them off and take them to have checked. Starter takes about 20mins to pull off

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      08-30-2009 11:19 AM #9
      Quote, originally posted by 03GTIREVO2 »
      the fuse box inside the door panel? or is there another one? because i have checked just about every fuse in the one inside the door panel.

      Yep, inside the door panel. You'll have to check the fuse list to see which one controls the injectors.

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    10. 08-30-2009 11:34 AM #10
      The car turns over so i doubt its the starter!

    11. 08-30-2009 11:36 AM #11
      Quote, originally posted by 03GTIREVO2 »
      The car turns over so i doubt its the starter!

      but how strong? My would crank but it kept getting weaker and weaker until it wouldnt turn at all.


    12. 08-30-2009 11:44 AM #12
      as strong as it ever would.

    13. 08-30-2009 12:25 PM #13
      that sucks if its your ecu.... i dont know how you could have shorted it out....

    14. 08-30-2009 06:19 PM #14
      Bump! Plz Help me

    15. 08-31-2009 06:34 PM #15
      will the fuel pump send fuel to the fpr with the key in the on position? because i took the fpr out and turned the key in the on postion and no fuel came out, however when i crank it fuel come out.

    16. 08-31-2009 08:09 PM #16
      took the fuel pump relay out of my wifes beetle and put it in my car did not work. Im lost.

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      08-31-2009 08:32 PM #17
      Run a VCDS scan.
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    18. 08-31-2009 08:37 PM #18
      no vag com

    19. 08-31-2009 08:59 PM #19
      Checked every fuse in the fuse panel, i mean every fuse one by one!

    20. 09-01-2009 07:59 AM #20
      WOW! no one can help me with this? this forum is truly worthless if thats the case.

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      09-01-2009 08:12 AM #21
      If its getting fuel and getting spark, and its cranking, then its vag syndrom.

      A few ways to help with vag syndrom. Smack the car and say Heyyyyyyyyyyy.

      If that doesn't work. Try testing STUPID things.

      Does the key battery work?(i am not sure how the immobilizer works on these cars)
      Try using Jumper cables when you start it (i had a car crank but still wasn't getting enough juice)
      I doubt the fuel is bad but you never know. (my protege had gas sitting in it for 4 ****ing years and it fired right up, but we are fighting the vag syndrom here)

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      09-01-2009 12:43 PM #22
      Quote, originally posted by 03GTIREVO2 »
      WOW! no one can help me with this? this forum is truly worthless if thats the case.

      Pull the timing belt cover off. If the belt broke (or was eaten through by mice), you would have cranked it once and bent all the valves. If that's the case, you have just described all the symptoms. Other than that, tow it to the dealer and then tell us how worthless we are.

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      09-01-2009 03:49 PM #23
      this is interesting, no info but i would like to see what the outcome is.

      maaayybbeee crank positioning sensor? happened on another car of mine, not a vag, but it caused the car to crank and not fire up


    24. 09-01-2009 04:05 PM #24
      I am having the same problem; I am at my wits end trying to figure it out!

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      09-01-2009 04:17 PM #25
      Quote, originally posted by chknkatsu »
      this is interesting, no info but i would like to see what the outcome is.

      maaayybbeee crank positioning sensor? happened on another car of mine, not a vag, but it caused the car to crank and not fire up

      In that case, there would be a DTC.

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      09-01-2009 05:15 PM #26
      Seems to me your battery maybe damaged from it getting discharged on several occasions.

      Have you tried boosting it with your civic???

      From my experience, I'd say it's time for a new battery.

      Quote, originally posted by 03GTIREVO2 »

      Battery started dying on its own (from setting for extended periods of time)

      SOMEONE PLZ HELP ME!


    27. 09-01-2009 07:00 PM #27
      did you replace the battery?

    28. 09-01-2009 07:05 PM #28
      i took the battery to the autoparts store and they said it was still good. It seems fine to me. Is there a possibility it can still be bad?

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      09-01-2009 07:31 PM #29
      What does it sound like when you try to start it? Does it sound different at all? DID you check your timing belt?
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      09-01-2009 11:16 PM #30
      Yes, I replaced my battery.

      Have you tried jumpstarting the car just to rule out a damaged battery?

      I don't know what kind of test that shop did to your battery and whether or not the result is reliable.


      Quote, originally posted by 03GTIREVO2 »
      did you replace the battery?

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      09-01-2009 11:25 PM #31
      DID you check your timing belt?
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    32. 09-01-2009 11:36 PM #32
      doesnt sound any different to me but ill check ne way. car has 57000 miles shouldnt need a new timing belt, was only in garage 2 weeks i dun think thats enough time for mice to chew thru it. And it drove perfectly normal b4 i parked it cept the electrical problems i have been having.

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      09-01-2009 11:58 PM #33
      You mentioned it died from sitting for long periods.

      Try boosting it for a quick and simple test, if it starts buy a new battery!!!


      Modified by SLI at 7:53 AM 9-2-2009


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      09-02-2009 01:07 AM #34
      Quote, originally posted by JettaRed »
      DID you check your timing belt?

      did you check it at least even though its new


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      check timing belt





      Modified by dtcaward at 10:45 PM 9-1-2009


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