When turning ignition all lights come on but nothing happens for starting.


Asked by Jul 14, 2013 at 01:03 PM about the 2002 Volkswagen Passat GLX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Moved car after sitting for couple of weeks. Turned off.  Came back out approx 10 min
later and tried to start car but there was nothing.  Ignition lights all turn off but no sound of
starting.   Certain electrical functions work (radio, fan, power locks) but others do not like
remote entry, power windows, power sunroof.  Battery appears to be good.  Put on
battery charger just to check.  Electrical switch perhaps?

15 Answers

get a NEW battery if this one is more than five years old...if it is young slap a battery charger on there for eight hours~ you can check the date on the "knock-off" labels on the top of the battery~

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

Clean the connection from the 1/0 battery cable to the chassis/ground...undo the bolt and coarse wirebrush that spot and the lug too....put them back together, not only does this connection provide the necessary AMPerage for the starter...connection is shared by the onboard computer....kind of a touchy situation~

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.

Thinking it could be the battery; kinda makes sense considering the symptoms. How do you get the battery out of there? Large plastic cover must come off somehow. Any tips?

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.

look at the date on the knock-off labels...this will indicate of the batteries first charge~ five years old is too many...there is a mechanical clamp across the top with 12-13 mm hex bolts...use a penetrant (not too much) if you need to break 'em free~

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

sure the cover just clips in/clips out of there~ a large screwdriver or no tools needed~

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

Argh! Put in new battery, still doing same thing. No crank. Any other ideas?

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.

the chassis ground has the necessary area to pull 300 cold cranking amps...the red wire that goes to the solenoid should also be free of corrosion...check the ground strap leading to the motor block...this one also must have a 1/0 battery cable connecting it (or a braided connection) obviously you are not getting the needed amperage to rotate the starter around...good that you got a new battery, have to make sure the power gets to the starter~

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

You have to wirebrush the chassis SHINY...this one wants to re-weld it's connection with every use....it is touchy business~

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Someone mentioned to me the idea of my security system possibly being engaged thus causing my situation. Sort of is believable considering the symptoms. I've noticed the red light is not flashing on the door. Is there a way to reset security?

11 out of 11 people think this is helpful.

disconnect the battery cable for 15 seconds....pump the brakes switch the a/c off and on...then put the cable back on...this should clear any codes~

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.

for under twenty bucks, a small handheld scanner can read and CLEAR THE CODES~

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
Armaan Rajwani

If it's manual check out the clutch sensor

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

I have a 99 Volkswagen Passat I just purchase off my friend when I turn the key off the mileage stays on and so does the time on dash ...why

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
Garrett Blowers

Check your 10 amp fuses on the inside of your driver door... I have a 99 passat and a 99 gti that have both done this and it was just a fuse

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

Check the battery terminals, my car did the same thing and it was because my negative terminal was cracked and even though it seemed tight enough it wasn't. I put a new terminal on and that solved the problem.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions


Looking for a Used Passat in your area?

CarGurus has 22,433 nationwide Passat listings starting at $1,299.


Search Volkswagen Passat Questions

Volkswagen Passat Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,030
#2 tenspeed
Reputation 910
#3 littlehorn
Reputation 890
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen Jetta"
647 Great Deals out of 32,375 listings starting at $1,200
Used Honda Accord"
1,254 Great Deals out of 78,695 listings starting at $1,400
Used Toyota Camry"
1,580 Great Deals out of 98,373 listings starting at $895
Used Audi A4"
312 Great Deals out of 13,019 listings starting at $1,500
Used BMW 3 Series"
1,597 Great Deals out of 39,619 listings starting at $888
Used Nissan Altima"
1,340 Great Deals out of 87,462 listings starting at $1,095
Used Honda Civic"
1,145 Great Deals out of 59,092 listings starting at $995
Used Volkswagen Golf"
38 Great Deals out of 2,713 listings starting at $1,995
Used Volkswagen GTI"
118 Great Deals out of 6,255 listings starting at $2,900
Used Hyundai Sonata"
971 Great Deals out of 51,470 listings starting at $1,200
Used Audi A6"
160 Great Deals out of 6,819 listings starting at $2,195

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
11,143 listings starting at $16,725
2016 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
14 Great Deals out of 2,031 listings starting at $12,995
2015 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
77 Great Deals out of 3,549 listings starting at $8,999
2014 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
30 Great Deals out of 742 listings starting at $9,950
2013 Volkswagen Passat For Sale
52 Great Deals out of 1,148 listings starting at $5,999