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1997 Jetta will not start with abrand new battery!

Replaced battery in 1997 Jetta after it would not take a charge after cleaning corrosion off of terminals. Now have power from new battery but car will not start. Engine does not try and turn over, no starter noise, nothing. All the dash lights glow when ignition is turned on and the radio is in safe mode waiting for the code to punched in.
Also the hazard lights flash even though the button for the hazzard is not engaged- cant turn them off!

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  • nwhitesnwhit Jan 11, 2009

    new battery has good charge, lights are on, does not even turn over just hear one click



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Dont have a clue about the hazards but the connections on the starter could be bad

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