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VW Polo doesnt start

I have a 1996 WV Polo that doesnt start intermittently (more often than not) If I interfere with some f the relays, eg pull them out and put them back then it does start on some occasions. How do you identify the Fuel relay?

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  • malcolm932 Sep 29, 2008

    The problem has already been resolved, so for your solution to be effective it would have had to be given sooner. Anyway thanks for you effort. What I can tell you is that the relay for the 1996 Polo is located in the fuse box below the steering. It is marked with the number 30. It was infact the cause of the problem. It was not sending the signal to the fuel pump to pressurise as you could not hear it. I would have replaced this originally, however I was not sure if there was something else that was faulty that would cause the relay not to kick in, eg distributor. A dignostics revealed that it was the relay although there were no signs of it being faulty except for the pump not pressurising before starting. Thanks for your assistance again.

  • scotto_1 Oct 16, 2008

    i have a 1998 vw polo.its turning over but just wont start.theres a spark from the coil lead and a spark from the spark plugs.the battery is good all the ignition lights come on.there is also a buzzing noise coming from the carb but. it still wont start.can any one help.thank you

  • eve3000 Nov 02, 2008

    p reg vw polo. Two weeks ago i parked my car 5mins later,the engine would not turn over,although lights and dashboard were still on,i had to get a jump start. A week to the day the same thing happened,my local garage found nothing wrong,i got my car home,now it wont start and there is now no engine turn over no lights no dashboard lights, and no radio my car is dead.the battery is less than a year old.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    2000 model keeps popping the fuel pump relay - now doing it every other month


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When you turn the ignition switch on, the gas pump relay should turn on and go off to pressurize the system. You can keep the car in neutral/park, get down as low as you can to the driver's floor board and reach up and turn the ignition switch to on [but not to the point that you actually allow the engine to turn over]. Repeat this step until you hear the relay and can actually feel the little black (box) that is actually performing an electromechanical switching.

Check here first----> , it is usually on a diagram within or near your fuse panel.

It is a start. Secondly, I'd check for any play/movement on your negative/positive terminals of your battery and starter motor. Should these be snug, loosen them and clean the terminals on your battery AND starter. This may be "stupid" and "obvious" to most but they don't do it and that is usually the main cause... even if it "appears good".

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The relay for the fuel pump is under the dush on the driver side {where the fuse box} . the number is 167.
if the car is not starting and there is no life to the pump then change the relay.

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  • JESMOND CASSAR Jul 17, 2013

    Hello near the fuse box there are no relays. Maybe I have to take off a part of my dash maybe it's underneath .Can you help pls?


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