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#27 of 314 1997 Jetta starter problem
Jul 22, 2007 (7:22 am)
My son bought a 97 Jetta a few months ago with 115000 miles. Runs good. a month later would not start. Starter burned up. Replaced. two weeks later same thing. Replaced again. Two weeks later same thing happened. mechanic perplexed. Tried another brand starter this time lasted over one month. Starter burned up again. There has to be something shorting it out. Mechanic said if it does not work this time, my son will have to take it to VW mechanic which will cost him $100 an hour. He can't afford that. Has anyone has this difficulty and maybe recommend something.
#28 of 314 Re: nothing electrical in my jetta will turn on [littledevine]
Aug 04, 2007 (7:48 am)
they probably stole your ECUM? if not check yur basics,batt.cables tight,ground solid,relays and fuses,these jettas are a anti -theft problem nightmare,windows roll down on thier own,hood release won,t work etc...join IATN network there a group of worldwide techs who have wonderful experiences with these autos plus others,i plan to scrap my jetta even though when it works it fun but the minor aggs aren,t worth it.
Aug 14, 2007 (6:32 am)
well, there are so many of you with these issues. but, welcome to the world of volkswagen. like said above, be sure to check the battery cables, clean them if needed, run a voltometer and see if you're getting atleast 12v to the battery. check the wires running from the alternator to the starter/cylinoid, that positive to the cylinoid, the negative to the block. when you put the positive cable back on if you haven't already found out, it'll reset all and your alarm will be annoying be sure you have you key fob or key around to disarm it afterwards. if all that is good and it wont turn still, pull your starter and take it to like autozone or something (for pre 97, oreilly's and autozone cant test it, take to napa or advance auto parts) to do it yourself, unplug the wire that runs from the cylinoid to the ignition switch (red/black)and touch the cylinoid to that spot with a rubber handled screw driver (be careful sparks will fly). okay so from there, if it works your problem is going to lie within your wiring or your ignition switch, most likely the switch. take off the negative battery cable, pull steering wheel, 2/3 jaw puller and vice grips to pull the splined adapter off, get the spring out, the ignition lock out, philips head to take out the current switch. replace it, hook everything back up. you should be golden. as for the alarm if you want to delete the alarm module, look for the diy use the search portal on vwvortex and search for the archived threads. if none of this helps, avoid going to the dealership and find a shop that specializes in european automobiles. good luck.
#30 of 314 Re: 1997 Jetta starter problem [gfant]
Aug 14, 2007 (10:53 am)
If someone has not replied yet, I just had my 97 Jetta fixed with a similar problem. It turned out to be the distributor. It's been driving great ever sense.
#31 of 314 1999 Volkswagon Jetta
Aug 15, 2007 (3:06 pm)
Recently I purchased a 1999 Jetta through an auction. I am experiencing a problem with the alarm system. While the alarm is disengaged it will engage with a beep of the horn while driving down the road. I'm wondering if this could possibly be connected to the automatic door locks, as they dont work. Could it have something to do with the switch? I'm stumped and after reading some of the other issues I wonder what I've gotten myself into.
Aug 17, 2007 (11:36 am)
alarm controller it behind the headlight switch
Sep 07, 2007 (4:02 pm)
I am having problems reguarding my alarm system. It is sporadically going off for no apparent reason. I've tried resetting the alarm as well as cleaning the door latches. I've had no luck yet. I didn't know if there was a way to just disengage the alarm. My VW dealership said there was no way to do that and that I would just have to bring it in to get fixed but it just sounds like a way to suck more money out of me.I can do it myself if I only knew where to start. Any help would be much appreciated.
Sep 07, 2007 (5:49 pm)
unplug the alrm controller
#35 of 314 2003 Jetta GLI Ignition Key Chime
Oct 08, 2007 (6:32 pm)
What might cause the key chime when the door open to stop working and also the interior light when key is removed form ignition to stop lighting up?
#36 of 314 Interior light question and fuse card
Oct 12, 2007 (3:44 pm)
'02 jetta 1.8T; which I've owned for five years now. When it was new, all the interior lights came on when a door was opened; then it went to a few lights, different ones and now maybe one light comes on when the door is opened. I did have the dealer look at it once, but didn't want to spend a ton on something intermittent. The bulbs and fuses are good. Is this another crazy VW computer problem?
Speaking of fuses, does anyone know where you can find a cross reference to those fuse symbols? Very few are obvious to me what they stand for.