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#267 of 305 Re: 1997 Jetta starter problem [gfant]
Feb 01, 2012 (7:55 pm)
A little to late and missed to help you, but maybe some one else will like to have a professional answer. The problem you were having was the ignition switch. The steering wheel must come off along with the air bag and use a bearing puller to pull off a sleeve to get out the blinker switch mechanizm. Once out and placed on a bench there is a little screw that holds the switch into place. Change the switch and your back on the road. I hot wired the starter for a year before i took my precious time to do the job. After enough teasing it became an obsession. Just another hill to climb waiting for the next problem like the transmission shifting great, then out of the blue it dont like over drive or even some times third gear, shut the car off and back to brand new, change the transmission speed sensors, make sure all wiring isall up to par with no corrosion or bare wiring. Great car once your past the gremlins.
#268 of 305 97 VW Jetta Electric Problems
Feb 02, 2012 (11:11 pm)
#269 of 305 97 VW Jetta Electric Problems
Feb 02, 2012 (11:11 pm)
I just recently got this 97 Jetta and theres some problems:
1st: the horn doesnt work
2nd: you have to hold the brights on for the headlights to work.
3rd: the check engine light is on but it runs fine?
#270 of 305 Re: 97 VW Jetta Electric Problems [carpenterjw]
Feb 26, 2012 (5:22 am)
1. The horn could be a loose wire, or even the horn itself.
2. Try pushing the headlight stalk the other way. VW's normally have a "flash to pass" feature that you can blink the lights by giving the stalk a quick pull.
3. Check engine light could be one of many things. No way to know until a mechanic hooks it to a computer and finds out what code the car is giving.
Sounds like you will need to take this to a shop, at least for the check engine light.
Bel Air Car Guy
#271 of 305 Re: 97 VW Jetta Electric Problems [carpenterjw]
Feb 26, 2012 (7:26 pm)
You already have answers for #1 and #2
For #3, most auto-parts stores will gladly "pull the codes" from the computer for you... no charge.
Once you know the code which is illuminating the CEL (Check Engine Light), post it here so we may have to opportunity to help you.
#272 of 305 Re: Jetta Electrical Light Phantom [creepylights]
Mar 09, 2012 (5:21 am)
Ii finally noticed that IF you turned the light switch a hair clockwise, the problem did not take place. I then called the Princeton VW dealer, told him the problem again and he agreed to replace the light switch for free. Problem resolved!!!
#273 of 305 electrical, battery??
Mar 19, 2012 (2:53 pm)
I have a 2003 VW Jetta GL. The other day I took it to the gas station, got gas, and went to start it and it wouldn't start. What did happen was that all the lights in my dash started flickering like crazy, my automatic locks were clicking, a CD came out of my CD player, hazard lights in the dash went on and just a consant ticking sound. No turn over with the engine at all. I jumped it, cables were hooked up for a good 20 minutes and still nothing. I jiggled a few things, and then by the grace of god, it started! I drove it around for a while to charge up the battery (if this was the case). The next morning, I went out and it started right up. A few hours later I took it to the grocery store just fine, then when I went to leave the grocery store... same thing all over again. I sat for a few minutes and kept trying, and then again it started up. This morning I went to go to work, and the same thing again! The engine doesn't turn over at all just the dash lights go nuts and lots of ticking sounds. I do have an automatic car starter that was installed after I got it, but I've had that for 5 or 6 years and it's been fine. I have never replaced the battery, but since it randomly starts is it a battery problem?? HELP!
#274 of 305 Re: electrical, battery?? [char15]
Mar 19, 2012 (6:31 pm)
Although I have never seen it on a 2003, it is easy to check for the Coolant Migration Problem
If you are still running the original 2003 battery.... it does not owe you anything and may be ready for retirement.
Oh-- check the snugness of ALL the connections within the PDU (Power Distribution Unit) which sits on top of the battery. (They are KNOWN to get loose and may actually MELT the plastic due to poor connection.) A 10mm wrench is the right size but DO NOT let it touch anything metal while tightening (direct short across battery will result with lots of sparks!)
#275 of 305 Re: Battery drain that can't be explained.... [rosy1420]
Jun 18, 2012 (9:24 am)
Nothing is more frustrating than a drained battery I have been having to unplus my battery cables every time i exit the car. I too took it various places with no luck like i said i now just unplug battery..
#276 of 305 2001 VW Jetta
Jun 18, 2012 (9:31 am)
Someone Please HELP!!The EPC Light came on in my car and then the car just shut down.. Looked it up its called Electronic Power Control sugguests I contact dealer ASAP has anyone else had this problem I donot have funds to take to dealer and really need car any and all advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank You