car wont start


Asked by Nov 19, 2012 at 12:34 PM about the 2001 Volkswagen Jetta GL

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

i have a 2001 jetta 2.0 automatic and the starter recently went out i replace it 2 weeks ago. it was running fine until
yesterday and i had it replaced again. it ran once and now it isn't turning over, the starter is still good i had it tested.
and the battery is good as well. the car gets power but wont turn over. could it be a bad ground, a bad censor? i
thought it could be the distributor cap but if it were that the engine would at least be trying to turn over. i know a little
bit about car but this has me truly confused me. i need some help

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Forget distributor cap. Nothing to do with what you describe. OK Let's go with starter and battery good. Several things to try, try putting it in neutral instead of Park and see if it will start. Foot on Brake. Then there is a possibility the igniition switch, or key is not sending the correct program to "brain" or ICM. Then starter soloneid, cable to starter, ground. Some of these questions such as yours, lorenderrow, are very difficult to diagnose without being at the car. Make sure even though we assume your battery is good, there is no corossion on terminals, and they are tight.

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yes the battery connectors are good, no corrosion ans the connectors are secure. i tried putting it in neutral and starting it as well as park. the solenoid is good because if i hit it with a hammer to see if it would start and it didn't. i'm leaning towards it being a bad ground. or i'm going to check the ignition switch with a voltage meter it if it doesn't read 12v it's bad. thank you for your advice. we'll see how it turns out. and yes i do agree with you it hard to tell when you don't have the car to see the problem

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Is your seat belt plugged in?

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I just tried to start it with the seat belts buckled and nothing happened

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Just a try, I had that stupid issue with one of mine because of the sensor in the seatbelts lol

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A Jetta won't start without seat belts on? I believe you Fastfem I just never heard of that.

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Michael Tutty

Did you get the starter from Volkswagen, or did you go aftermarket? The Bosch electrical system is all multiplexed. If something has the wrong feedback, something else will go sproing.

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it is an after market starter. I replaced the starter 3 years ago myself and everything went fine.

Michael Tutty

What about anything else electrical in the car? Everything runs off feedback, and if one thing is wrong, something else may well fail or act up.


I have a question if my 2000 vw passat light turn on everything in side work why dont the car turn on

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hello i have 2000 Volkswagen jetta out of no where my car wouldn't start its been running fine until today i tried starting it and my key will turn over but it wont grab at all. and all the lights come on along with radio i have to unplug the battery because they wouldn't turn off i need help bad im clueless

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I have the same problem right now, I have Jetta 2001. 2.0 automatic. Please be kind and tell me How did you solve this problem

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Rachel Quintana

My car doesttrun on

Rachel Quintana

It turns over but it likeif it doesn't have gas

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Ignition switch dugh . Simple test . Disconnect fuel line have someone try to turn over when u release the key from start to on position u will notice fuel rush out that is because ignition switch is not making contact in the start position


For some reason these cars have faulty ignition switches. I think vw did it on purpose . Cause no one wants to think that is what it is and buy the time u figure it out u have bought new cap /rotor/fuel pump/relays/starter/battery/ and whatever else these jokers suggest. If anyone else comes across this problem start with a new ignition first and save yourself a ton of money and anguish. 9 out of 10 times that's what it is


i have a 95 jetta all lights come on but will not crank or turn over when i first got the car it was used it fired right up now it wont i need some help

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