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#1 of 273 2002 jetta - wont start after replacing stereo
Aug 26, 2006 (2:55 am)
i bought a 2002 jetta in nov 05. i just recently decided to replace the factory stereo. after having multiple problems (having to take the whole dash apart to get the stereo out --- problem #1), the stereo ended up not working (problem #2). the next day, i moved my car and all was fine. the day after, i went out to leave for work and the car would not start. it would click click, the lights would flash and the horn would honk. thats it. later that day, the locks wouldnt even unlock. i assumed it was a dead battery, so i went out and bought a new one. put it in. turned the key. nothing. whats going on?!
can someone PLEASE tell me what the crap is wrong?! i'm beginning to really hate this car.
#2 of 273 Re: 2002 jetta - wont start after replacing stereo [novamiko]
Aug 26, 2006 (8:14 am)
Did you have the Bentley Factory Manual (on CD or in paperback )? If so, did you thoroughly read the section on removing the stereo?
If your answer to both questions is no, then that was your first mistake. The stereo is tied into the alarm system and the ignition immobilizer - which may be the cause of your starting problem.
The key to working on any car is proper preparation.
If I were you, I would spend the $90 and get the full Bentley manual on CD and read the stereo replacement section thoroughly before proceeding with the stereo replacement.
#3 of 273 Re: 2002 jetta - wont start after replacing stereo [600kgolfgt]
Aug 26, 2006 (3:08 pm)
thank you for your help.
no, i dont have a manual. i bought the car used and it didnt come with on. i had never anticipated a routine stereo installation to go so wrong.
would that be the reason why the new stereo wouldnt work? we connected all the wires and everything played and sounded fine. we unhooked the connections so we could place the slipcase and wires in the dash. when we put the stereo back in (what we thought would be the final time) it didnt work. i orginially thought maybe it was a blown fuse. (i'm hoping i dont have buy another stereo along with whatever else i'm going to need to fix this mess). it had power because the cd would eject, but no sound or any information on the faceplate. im just hoping all this is connected (and will be fairly easy & cheap to fix --- am i hoping for too much??)
i'll be getting that full Bentley manual now. again, thanks so much for your help. i really appreciate it.
#4 of 273 starting problems
Sep 13, 2006 (12:26 pm)
My Jetta is 6 years old. It is now slow to start, even in warm weather. Does it need a new battery or could it be something else? Advice please!
#5 of 273 Re: 2002 jetta - wont start after replacing stereo [novamiko]
Sep 13, 2006 (3:26 pm)
You're welcome - glad to be of service...
When I bought the Bentley manual for my 1997 Jetta, it turned out to be the best investment I could have made. When my cruise control went out, I was able to rebuild it with the help of the manual (not an easy task, but it would have been a lot harder if I didn't buy the manual)...
#6 of 273 Volkswagen Jetta: Starting Problems
Nov 09, 2006 (4:35 am)
#7 of 273 im lost figuring out whats wrong with my jetta
Nov 08, 2006 (3:53 pm)
i have a 86 jetta gti wolfsburg and i am lost at fixing it now i installed a new clutch in it and it started rite up about 5 mins after driving it i lost all spark so i but new wires,plugs,cap,rotor,ignition control module,distribiter and coil pack in and i still cant get spark the only way i get any spark is when i have a test light in the hell sender(pick up coil) in the middle wire and touch the other end to the ground but i have to keep going on and off the ground to make it spark more then once anyone ever had this problem or know what is wrong?? plz let me know this is my main sorce if transportation and i love it
#8 of 273 1999 Jetta Wolfsburg won't start in wet, cold or on incline
Jan 06, 2007 (12:46 pm)
I have a 1999 Jetta Wolfsburg edition that began having intermittent starting problems over a year ago. If the car is left parked in the rain or cold for 8 hours or more, or if it is parked, nose up, on an incline for a long period of time, it will crank but not turn over until it's cranked for 5-10 minutes. It has also stalled a few times when driving through puddles in the rain and, again, it takes several minutes of cranking to get it started. It has been to the dealer and other mechanics 3 times and no one (they say) can duplicate the problem. We burned out the starter doing all the cranks, so that has been replaced (Bosch). We have also replaced the fuel filter, the distributor cap and rotor, and changed the oil. Nothing. We have seen similar problems posted with lots of recommendations of things to try, but no one has said if anything solved the problem. Would love to know of something that has worked before we keep spending time and money on things that don't. Help?
#9 of 273 will not run in freezing temp.
Jan 25, 2007 (6:27 am)
In freezing temp it will start and run for about 4 to 7 sec.and then
stop. But as soon as the temp. goes up it starts and runs fine.I
changed the fuel filter and put so gas line antifreeze in.there
was no water in the filter.Thanks for any help.
#10 of 273 Won't start - Battery? Or something else?
Jan 30, 2007 (3:14 pm)
I bought my beautiful 2003 Jetta wagon yesterday (!), drove it up from Denver and it wouldn't start this morning. I checked for lights on etc, no reason but the cold. Jumped it and drove a ways, then it sat for 2 hours and wouldn't start again. My old '89 Jetta started instead, first try. This is bumming me out. Anyone know if I'm wasting money buying a new battery & it might be something else?