2001 Jetta won't start after sitting in underground parking for 10 months

Asked by Dec 02, 2014 at 03:29 PM about the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My jetta won't start after its been sitting for almost a year, the key buttons don't work
either, nothing works, windows, lights, mirrors etc. I did try to jump it with cables attached
to my husbands car. Lights, mirrors, windows started working but the engine wasn't  
turning on. The engine sounded like it was trying to start but it only lasted a second.
I did a bit of reading online, some say the key needs to be recoded, some say the
immobilizer needs to be reset, whatever that means. But all issues online start from a car
the has power but a failed engine. My jetta has NO power and a failed engine.

Please help

4 Answers

2,095

Few thing to concider. Are you using heavy gage jumper cables? Thin ones wont work as well. leave the jumper cables connected with the other vechicle running for at least 5 minutes before trying to start the Jetta. I would say, you would be better off buying a new battery if the other one is more than 4 or 5 years old. Also, beware that gasoline goes bad after awhile. Once you are able to get the engine turning then you can address the old gas afterwards if it has gone bad.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
7,665

is it a tdi if it is the oil might be very viscus and will need heated if there is a block heater on the vehicle

Hi thanks for responding, I bought the cheapest pair of cables I could find, 13 bucks. Maybe I should let the other car run for a while before I try to start my engine

2,095

You would be surprised what a difference heavy duty cables makes.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • where is the computer on my 2001 jetta 2 answers

    My jetta 2001 2.0 had a lot of problems in the last couple of months and I took it to the mechanic and he said that I have to change the computer but I need to know where in the car it is so I can go ...

    2001 Volkswagen Jetta

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2010 Jetta Broken Stereo 754 answers

    When I turned on my 2010 Jetta TDI yesterday the stereo system did not turn on. Touch screen is black and doesn't respond at all. I have checked the fuse under the hood and behind the radio, but t...

    2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • '02 Jetta won't start....security system issue?? 47 answers

    My son just purchased a '02 Jetta. After trying to install a subwoofer system yesterday the car will not start. Car cranks, lights work etc but the car won't fire. Is it possible he tripped the securi...

    2002 Volkswagen Jetta

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • I have a 2001 Volkswagen jetta gls 1.8t! Car was sitting for a few months! Battery was dead and wouldn't hold a charge! I replaced the battery and it started up! Now the car won't turn over at all! 1 answer

    When I went to start the car it wanted to turn over but bogged out 2 times the 3rd try it wouldn't turn over! All dash lights work and fan turns on so there is power from the battery! I believe s...

    2001 Volkswagen Jetta GLS 1.8T

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Jetta won't start 4 answers

    So my 2002 jetta vw 2.0 won't start I knew my car needed a new coil pack so I replaced that I also was so it needed a new alternator so I replaced that .. and still no luck it ran great until 2 mo...

    2002 Volkswagen Jetta GL

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Jetta

Looking for a Used Jetta in your area?

CarGurus has 40,941 nationwide Jetta listings starting at $950.

ZIP:

Search Volkswagen Jetta Questions

Volkswagen Jetta Experts

#1 Goodwrench707
Goodwrench707
Reputation 2,200
#2 Deathjam4
Deathjam4
Reputation 1,720
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,380
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Passat
265 Great Deals out of 24,442 listings starting at $1,000
Used Honda Civic
656 Great Deals out of 88,603 listings starting at $995
Used Volkswagen GTI
71 Great Deals out of 6,965 listings starting at $1,995
Used Volkswagen Golf
60 Great Deals out of 2,881 listings starting at $1,995
Used Honda Accord
813 Great Deals out of 84,287 listings starting at $1,050
Used Toyota Corolla
785 Great Deals out of 73,830 listings starting at $1,995
Used BMW 3 Series
974 Great Deals out of 31,729 listings starting at $1,000
Used Toyota Camry
1,011 Great Deals out of 90,917 listings starting at $650
Used Audi A4
229 Great Deals out of 10,877 listings starting at $1,899
Used Nissan Altima
1,033 Great Deals out of 81,564 listings starting at $1,200
Used Volkswagen Beetle
167 Great Deals out of 9,557 listings starting at $1,500
Used Ford Focus
546 Great Deals out of 57,171 listings starting at $1,095

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
11 Great Deals out of 24,647 listings starting at $10,867
2016 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
66 Great Deals out of 2,180 listings starting at $9,825
2015 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
70 Great Deals out of 2,985 listings starting at $7,250
2014 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
111 Great Deals out of 4,125 listings starting at $4,999
2013 Volkswagen Jetta For Sale
55 Great Deals out of 1,568 listings starting at $4,994

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.