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#1390 of 1529 2000 VW Golf will randomly not start
Jul 02, 2007 (5:52 pm)
I have a 2000 VW Golf. Two weeks ago I had some routine maintenance done to it, it has 123,000 miles, and the VW dealership told me about an open recall having to do with the fuel line.
Anyway, the took care of replacing the "nipple" on the fuel line and for the first time ever I've had three occassions where the car simply tries to turn over and doesn't.
It the sort of situation where you'd think you were out of gas.
Anyway, the last time it happened (last night) it took about 30 tries to get it started.
Also, the check engine light stays on when it finally starts and it stays on until the car is restarted.
The dealership called me this afternoon and can find nothing wrong with the car. They claim that the recall, regarding the fuel line, has nothing to do with this problem.
#1391 of 1529 Re: 2000 VW Golf will randomly not start [thain66]
Jul 04, 2007 (2:20 pm)
If it is truly accurate that the starting problem began AFTER they messed with the car... then it is obvious they bumped somthing which exasperated the problem. If not the fuel-line nipple, then somthing else.
This certainly does not mean they are "at fault" or shold pay for correcting it... but it should help them diagnose the problem.
If your car has problems starting -- how can they say there is nothing wrong? I surmize the answer is that the computer diagnostics are telling them nothing so they are clueless beyond that.
Unfortunately, many (most) of todays so-called "mechanics" are just boneheads that run diagnostics and replace parts. REAL mechanics actually know how to troubleshoot a problem to isolate the defect. People with those kind of skills usually work in other industries that pay them $40 - $60 per hour for their time.
#1392 of 1529 Re: 2000 VW Golf will randomly not start [bpeebles]
Jul 04, 2007 (2:44 pm)
Thank you so much for your response and you are correct!
The computer showed nothing so they didn't want to truly research the problem.
They kept it overnight and finally I get a call stating that there is a crack in the Fuel Train which was causing a slight leak of gas and so forth and creating this problem.
When I asked if it were possible that the repair of the fuel line and the crack in the fuel train were connected they said not at all.
I will be without the car until Friday and need to find out more about the fuel train in connection to the recall from VW.
My thoughts are to call VW and explain what has taken place. There is an 800# associated with the recall and perhaps someone at their headquarters could be of assistance but who knows.
The entire reason for the recall is that the fuel line had too much tension on it and it even could affect the fuel pump.
Let me know your thoughts and thanks again!
#1393 of 1529 Re: 2000 VW Golf will randomly not start [thain66]
Jul 12, 2007 (6:20 am)
I am having the same problem with my wife's car and am curious what else they might have told you.
Our car won't start, we leave it for 30 minutes and then it goes. I am thinking a compression issue, but am not sure.
Any better ideas. Of course the dealer couldn't "find" anything.
#1394 of 1529 Re: 2000 VW Golf will randomly not start [garger]
Jul 12, 2007 (5:01 pm)
Well, one of my posts shows my ignorance on definitions! The crack they found was on the fuel rail and when I asked for the part they didn't have it any longer. The repair was completed on a Saturday and I didn't pickup until Tuesday so I can understand that it was thrown away/disposed of.
However, not one person in the service area could explain to me how a "small" crack appeared on the "Fuel Rail".
Again, they replaced the plastic nipple on the fuel line but that was close to the fuel tank itself.
We've had the car for 3 days and it continues to start but....that doesn't mean much based on past history.
It still bothers me that they performed a recall and then this issue cropped up.
The entire recall was based on too much tension on the fuel line causing cracks in the plastic nipple at the fuel tank and issues with the fuel pump.
It has been an expensive experience as well! I'll let you know any updates as they occur.
Aug 08, 2007 (7:16 am)
i have been having a problem with my 00 golf it as 100k even and when it runs its flawless but it can cut of at any time and its been kind of agrivating me i can go when its cold turn it on and it will run fine start easy but after it gets warm im driving on the highway or sitting still and boom cuts off i have changer fuel pump fuel filter in rear new coil pack new fuel pump relay im all out of ideas someone please help me
#1396 of 1529 90 VW Golf 1.8 clutch problems
Sep 08, 2007 (12:18 pm)
Put a clutch in a golf now got no pedal, and no pressure on clutch lever. Any ideas about what I missed?
#1397 of 1529 Re: 90 VW Golf 1.8 clutch problems [lorddrago1]
Sep 08, 2007 (5:38 pm)
A wild guess -- Did you miss bleeding the clutch hydrolic system?
#1398 of 1529 Re: 90 VW Golf 1.8 clutch problems [bpeebles]
Sep 08, 2007 (6:15 pm)
It's not hydrolic. It's works with a cable. I need to know if there is spacer or something on the push rod?
#1399 of 1529 Re: 90 VW Golf 1.8 clutch problems [lorddrago1]
Sep 08, 2007 (7:03 pm)
Whoops -- all the newer VWs are hydrolic...
I know my 1979 Scirocco was cable as was my 1981 Rabbit-pickup truck.... but by 2001 they are all hydrolic. Since the clutch is SHARED with the brake-fluid, some folks forget that they are hydrolic.