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Having a problem with my 2003 jetta....the starter cranks but the engine won't turn over

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  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2009

    starter motor cranks engine will not start wait twenty minutes or ten minutes it does not matter then it will start and run perfectly. It seems more likely to do this in the heat. Never has happened with the first start in the morning. Also the temp. gagues registered cold. while this is happening. Even after the engine has been running all day. Could this be a fuel relay? or a immobilizer problem? Other than this my Jetta runs great 130.000 miles on this car!

  • antnyp73 Mar 12, 2009

    I have been having a similar problem with my 99 1/2 Jetta. Turn the key and it bucks and won't turn over. Another try and it does and runs perfectly. I brought it to a garage yesterday and the mechanic ran it through the computer and it said I need some kind of a climate sensor (not sure if that's the exact name). He said it's very common on VWs and is pretty inexpensive to replace. I also have 1 misfire and he said the spark plugs need to be replaced (also a fairly inexpensive fix).

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    Loringh May 11, 2010

    Hi aricgrimes;

    Please provide more detail.

    Specifically what happens when you turn the ignition key.

    Any preliminary events that preceeded this condition.

    The reason I'm asking is that it is unlikely to have the starter motor crank and not have the engine turn over.




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If when scranking the engine, the engine do'se not turn. The possible cause's are; the flywheel teeth are worn down or the start motor bendix is not moving into the engaged possition. You need to investigate these solution to rule them out.

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