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Help Jetta Engine Problem!!!!!!!
03-04-2011, 05:35 PM (This post was last modified: 03-04-2011 10:09 PM by herbdogg32.)
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Help Jetta Engine Problem!!!!!!!
I have a 1999 VW Jetta iV GL 4 cylinder standard. It will not turnover. I tried new battery, had alternator, selanoid and starter tested at a shop and all were fine. I was driving car it started smoking but i could not pin point where the smoke was coming from. The engine is not seized. It definetly smelled like burning cable. I was wondering if ther might be anything common i should check. I figured it was something electrical.
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03-04-2011, 09:21 PM
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I presume you took all of these parts off and had them bench tested at a shop, right?

The first thing I would do is see if all of the fluids are full including the radiator. I would also see if the engine can be turned by hand. (wrench on the front pulley bolt) If you have run too low on oil the engine could be siezed. If the coolant is low the head gasket could have leaked into a cylinder and also locked up the engine. Removing the spark pulgs will verify this. Either can be fixed but at least a head gasket can usually be done without removing the engine.

Hint... if the smoke was from antifreeze it would smell a bit sweet. Burning electrical smells like burning plastic.

If all of the above check out ok then perhaps you really do have an electrical problem and the power is just not going from the key to the starter. Could be the chutch pedal switch, the ignition switch, the start relay, or a wiring issue.

Keep us posted on your progress.
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03-05-2011, 09:11 PM (This post was last modified: 03-05-2011 09:12 PM by herbdogg32.)
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(03-04-2011 09:21 PM)Rupe Wrote:  I presume you took all of these parts off and had them bench tested at a shop, right?

The first thing I would do is see if all of the fluids are full including the radiator. I would also see if the engine can be turned by hand. (wrench on the front pulley bolt) If you have run too low on oil the engine could be siezed. If the coolant is low the head gasket could have leaked into a cylinder and also locked up the engine. Removing the spark pulgs will verify this. Either can be fixed but at least a head gasket can usually be done without removing the engine.

Hint... if the smoke was from antifreeze it would smell a bit sweet. Burning electrical smells like burning plastic.

If all of the above check out ok then perhaps you really do have an electrical problem and the power is just not going from the key to the starter. Could be the chutch pedal switch, the ignition switch, the start relay, or a wiring issue.

Keep us posted on your progress.

I tried to start today and at some points the starter would click and lights would come on. I think it might be ignition switcHh
I tried to start today and at some points the starter would click and lights would come on. I think it might be ignition switch
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03-05-2011, 09:13 PM
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Which lights? Head lights or the idiot lights on the dash?
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