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    Thread: 94 Jetta GL won't crank

    1. Member skatevolcom2006's Avatar
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      12-22-2009 12:01 AM #1
      My friend has a 94 Jetta GL completely stock besides CBE. He had driven it one night and then the next day the car would not crank, nothing but a single light click sound when you turn the ignition.

      So we did what everyone would do, changed out the starter. The problem still exists. We thought maybe it was the battery since it has been a little colder but we hooked it up to jumpers on a running car and did not change anything.

      Where else is there to look at? I am not too good at electrical schematics so could someone walk me through how to trace something like this?

      Also has anyone ever had this problem before?

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      12-22-2009 12:12 AM #2
      May be a bad ignition switch... try pressing and juggling the key while you attemp to crank. If it starts, ignition switch bad.
      Good luck, keep us posted.

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      12-22-2009 01:34 AM #3
      Ok, I will try that. Is their any way to bypass the ignition switch try to start it?
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    4. 12-22-2009 08:39 AM #4
      check the ignition switch. pull the small red wire off the solenoid. connect a test light between the end of the wire to the negative terminal on the battery and have a helper turn the key switch to crank. if the test light is lit it is not the switch.

      you can bypass the switch. key off trans in neutral or park. jump small connector on solenoid to large wire. starter should turn.

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    5. 12-22-2009 07:55 PM #5
      so im the friend an i tryed to wiggle the key in the key holw while i tryed to start it. nothing happen. do you think i need to replace the switch?

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      12-22-2009 09:55 PM #6
      Not my site, but I'd go through this link.

      http://faculty.ccp.edu/faculty...x.htm


    7. 12-22-2009 10:41 PM #7
      thanks man that helped i got it to trunover now. it was the alarm!!! i feel dumb. but now it trys to trun over but still not starting?

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      12-22-2009 10:43 PM #8
      ^^ Thanks! It now cranks, it was the immobilizer keeping the starter from kicking over. Probably due to a weak battery and the cold, it still won't fire though.
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    9. 12-23-2009 09:45 AM #9
      have you tried jump starting it now?
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    10. 12-23-2009 03:50 PM #10
      still wont crank over?

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      12-24-2009 11:32 AM #11
      Quote, originally posted by jfresh86 »
      still wont crank over?

      So is it not cranking or not starting? A couple post above, you said not starting and now won't crank over.

      They are two different things and can be very confusing over the internet.


    12. 12-24-2009 12:56 PM #12
      it is just not starting. it trys but it wont start up.

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      12-24-2009 02:21 PM #13
      Well, simple things that you can check.

      Do you get a check engine light when the key is in the on position.
      Do you get 12v to the fuel pump when cranking.
      Do you have spark.
      Does the rotor (inside distributor) turn when you are cranking the car over.


    14. 12-24-2009 02:50 PM #14
      again, have you tried jump starting it now?
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      01-11-2010 12:13 PM #15
      So this car was taking to the shop and the mechanic figured out that the timing belt slipped and said it needs a whole new engine for the low price of $1800 (bs!)

      What is the worst damage that could have been caused by the timing belt slipping? It still turns over freely it just won't fire. Their is no metal on metal sound or any other odd sounds, it just turns over with no fire. I am guessing the only way to really tell is to pull the head and inspect everything?

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      01-11-2010 12:49 PM #16
      Quote, originally posted by skatevolcom2006 »
      I am guessing the only way to really tell is to pull the head and inspect everything?

      Sounds like you got it in one.

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