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#5829 of 6655 Re: 2001 Jetta 2.0L not starting [jodar96]
Oct 26, 2008 (11:03 pm)
1993 Jetta 2.0L not starting (FOUND THE PROBLEM!!!!)
I love my Jetta and so far I had not had many problems with it. One day it just would not start so I tried the old lock and unlock the door trick (the alarm on some of the VW’s have an anti theft device that does not permit it to be started when tripped). That did not work so I did the spark test; no spark was coming from the coil, checked the distributer, nothing wrong still did not start looked for a problem in the charging system every thing was ok. Man this thing had me stumped big time! Thinking no spark, new coil, new distributor, and check on the charging side. Still no spark what was I doing wrong? It had to be something simple, it just had to be! Systematical look at things starting system has only a few components to include the starter, solenoid, battery, switch, distributer, a couple switches, and coil. The only thing not checked was the ignition switch in the column, why not so then took the ignition switch out of the steering column and sure enough it was worn, a quick run to the parts store and a little tooling and I was back up and running!!!!! Who would have thought to look there? I was stumped because the engine was turning over when I turned the key. The no spark was the contact in the column being bad.
#5830 of 6655 Re: 2001 Jetta 2.0L not starting [seabeedad]
Oct 27, 2008 (5:54 am)
Thanks for responding. My son't Jetta ended up being a bad starter and was strong 98% of the time. I paid $270 to an independent shop for taking apart and cleaning all electrical connection under steering wheel and under the battery tray. I had the mechanic have the car for about 8 days and drive it every day and on weekends. It never acted up fo him. he had read and cleared all the stored codes. They thought it was the fuel pump relay, but did not want to replace it unless they determined it was the problem.
After I picked up the car, two weeks later, it acted up again. The mechanic that worked on it, came to my house and did all his tests and determined it was the starter. I replaced the started myself, $180 new with lifetime warranty from Napa. The car has been fine since then.
Electrical problems are tough to diagnose and I am not worked up about spending $270 and not them finding the problem the first time.
#5831 of 6655 2000 Jetta cranks won't start - strange noise!
Oct 27, 2008 (11:33 am)
My '00 Jetta simply shut down while driving and will not restart. Starter spins with strange noise, high pitched with a squeak when it stops. Replaced the timing belt and water pump - the timing belt was missing 6-8 inches worth of teeth. This did not fix the problem. The enging turns, maybe a little slowly - I can see the timing belt turn since I left off the upper cover for now. Same noise mentioned above. My next step would be the starter, but since the engine is turning...? Could the starter be 'weak' or binding, resulting in the noise? Also, the engine was about 1.5 quarts low on oil, a problem getting worse as mileage goes up (currently 190k miles), and I've had an antifreeze leak due to that wonderful Dexcool, but no sign of it in the oil. Any help appreciated.
#5832 of 6655 Re: Shutters when exceloerating and loss of excelleration [Mr_Shiftright]
Oct 29, 2008 (6:08 pm)
Thanx much!! I have my manual but guess I missed a lot of that. Draining the water from the filter every 5000 mi?!?!? OOOOpp!! Now I know!! I'm learning a lot here!!
#5833 of 6655 Re: Shutters when exceloerating and loss of excelleration [bpeebles]
Oct 29, 2008 (6:11 pm)
Awesome info, thanx!!
#5834 of 6655 Re: Volkswagen Jetta hesitating [xlaurax362]
Nov 01, 2008 (10:22 am)
I am having this same issue with my 2000 Jetta V6. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Re:My VW Jetta GLS (automatic) is giving me a new issue today. It started hesitating while the "Check Engine" light blinked continuously. As I was driving the car it would hesitate and would have a hard time accelerating and then at times it felt like it would finally shift into gear and would start driving normally again only to once again continue with the same pattern of hesitating, etc. When I would stop at a light it kept vibrating and hesitating. Do you all have any idea what issue I may be having?
#5835 of 6655 Re: Volkswagen Jetta hesitating [hhutchins]
Nov 01, 2008 (5:47 pm)
A blinking CEL is a sign of IMMENENT DAMAGE to some component of your drivetrain. (Like unburned fuel getting into the catalyst thus burning it to a crisp.)
From your description of "vibrating and hesitating"...that sure sounds like one of the cylinders is not firing. A misfiring cylinder could send unburned fuel into the exhaust system.
A CEL which is just "ON" is considerd OK to drive while a vehicle with a BLINKING CEL should not be driven.
#5836 of 6655 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA CHECK ENGINE LIGHT
Nov 02, 2008 (4:26 am)
Hi I have a 2001 Volkswagen Jetta with a 2.0 Engine. The check Engine light came on late last year....but after many tune ups, many mechanics found nothing wrong with the car. I got a reading from an Emissions Test that said my system was too lean....I've run an Octane Boost and am currently attempting to run a full tank of 93 Premium BP gas through my engine. The light is still on. Why needs to be done at this point. What has usually been the case for 2001 VW Jettas?
Nov 02, 2008 (6:07 am)
My daughters ' 98 VW Jetta, will only shift if you let up off the gas. This goes for all gears. Once in gear it drives fine until the next gear up. All gears going down are found without any hesitation on the trans axle. Any help? Thanks.
#5838 of 6655 Re: Volkswagen Jetta hesitating [hhutchins]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Nov 02, 2008 (8:22 am)
bpeebles is right, this needs attention right away. Being a VW, one is tempted to toss off the suggestion of checking the ignition coils, as these are always suspect on a VW and they would cause this symptom. The codes should be read to verify this.