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My car cranks over but wont start

Yes i have a 97 jetta i checked it for spark and it has lots i sprayed carb cleaner in the intake and it still wont start what could be the problem?

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  • chevygabe Dec 31, 2008

    I have a 94 jetta, i have spark and fuel going to the fuel rail, but the engine wont start, timing chain is good and plugs are good. any help ?



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Check for a reset switch located in the trunk of most cars.Many cars have a small cover and the switch is under the cover. This switch is for the purpose of cutting off the fuel in case of an accident. If you see a red bitton sticking up, press it to reset the fuel pump.

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