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    1. 06-06-2019 12:56 AM #1
      Hey guys so I just picked up an 89 na diesel Jetta and I’m seeing if anyone in the Portland vancouver area would be willing to help with some diagnostics on this thing. I previously owned a mkiv gti which I became familiar with but I know NOTHING about diesels. I’m having a starting issue. It crank and cranks but will not turn over for a long time. It does start then dies once. Then eventually with stay on and seems to run relatively good. I have been deep diving in troubleshooting posts but I have no clue where to actually start. Can anyone come help me!

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    3. 06-07-2019 01:13 PM #2
      Does it do this on a hot day? Like 80s in the sun? Does it blow a lot of smoke? What color smoke?

      It could be your diesel pump is either burned out or not setup well, or you have really bad compression.

      Im skipping over all the heater plug stuff considering its quite warm out lately, but if its early morning your having these issues, then thats a whole different set of potential issues.

      Ultimately its all quite simple though so should take long to work out.

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