Question about 1997 Volkswagen Jetta

3 Answers

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?

Please help.

Posted by on

  • 2 more comments 
  • 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


3 Answers

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert who has written 50 answers of more than 400 characters.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 20 times.

  • Expert
  • 130 Answers

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".

Posted on Sep 29, 2008

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

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.

Posted on Jan 15, 2012

  • 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?


  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I have a vw polo 1998 1.4 i have put a new head gasket on and done the timeing but there no spark iv noticed that they is a spade connecter on the side on the dizzy cap could that be y

Posted on Jul 03, 2010

1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

2 Answers

Openair fuse diagram, vw polo for 2000

Your WV dealer would be better suited for this.

Oct 20, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Where will i find the ecm relay on a vw polo vivo

It should be located in the under hood fuse and relay center.

Jul 27, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

1996 vw Polo classic 1.8i delay on activating starter

check for loose starter wire at starter motor large one from batt to post 13 mm socket should do it

Jun 07, 2010 | 1996 Volkswagen Jetta

1 Answer

I have a 2004 VW polo playa confortline and the headlights are both dead, there is no current on the fuses for the haedlamps, however the bulbs are fine and all else is fine?

Check the Headlight Relay by interchanging it with one that you know is good, [eg] the Starter Solenoid. If that cures the problem, there is only the cost of a realy.
Regards, DT

Aug 29, 2009 | 2003 Volkswagen Passat

1 Answer

1996 VW polo diesel fuel pump

easy to change its on top of the injector pump ,but you may have a antitheft shroud around it which means removing the pump from the engine to get get the shroud off

Apr 09, 2009 | 1996 Volkswagen Golf

1 Answer

Fuel pump relay working intermitently.

is the relay ok? i think what you are hearing could be 2 relays at the same time. i think the fuel relay works with another aluminium looking one. there's usually a few of them that are identical so you can swop to check.

Mar 17, 2009 | 1996 Volkswagen GTI

1 Answer

Vw polo electrical problem

the starting issue is probally down to the throttle housing being al carboned up.take it of and get it spotless,a toothbrush and some solvent is good.make sure you clean around where the butterly sits and the edges of the butterfly itself,dont just look from the top and think its looks ok take it off.

Jan 22, 2009 | 1996 Volkswagen Golf

1 Answer

Where is the blower located in a VW 1996 Polo - stopped working!

the blower is in a vertical position under the passenger side dash far left. just twist to unluck and pull out

Jan 03, 2009 | 2001 Volkswagen Golf

Not finding what you are looking for?
1997 Volkswagen Jetta Logo

4,500 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Volkswagen Experts

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

21990 Answers


Level 3 Expert

64052 Answers

Jeff Turcotte
Jeff Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

6812 Answers

Are you a Volkswagen Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides