I have an 86 golf deisel which was running good (Winter) then next day would not start. turns over. I bought a new battery and still turns over but wont start.

Diana Schmidt

Asked by Apr 17, 2015 at 05:03 PM about the 1986 Volkswagen Golf 2 Dr Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 86 golf diesel was running good and now will not start.  new battery turns over will not start.  checked timing belt by marking it and then try to start it. The mark wasn't where I could see it so belt is moving.  query starter  fuel filter, or fuel pump  Question is the fuel pump in the tank on this model? I know where fuel filter is and can change that.   Glow plugs were changed 1 year ago.   where do I start? Short of hauling it in and getting the garage to check it.   I can do the easier things

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Chris Van Kleeck

The diesel has a belt driven mechanical injection pump on the front of the engine. The fuel line from the filter goes to it. You should determine if the pump is drawing fuel through the line by looking for little bubbles through the clear portion while the car is being cranked. Also should check glow plug fuse along firewall under plastic cap.

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