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No electrical power to engine

99 1/2 GTI , 2.0 L engine, std transmission

When ignition switch is turned to "Start" nothing happens...but all the lights on the dash appear as they normally, head lights, interior lights & heater fan work OK..... charged up battery overnite with no luck.

Tried starting car by rolling down the hill and popping the clutch...nothing happened..seems like its an electrical interlock issue or something similar (clutch interlock, etc)

any help is appreciated


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  • opko_2000 Dec 08, 2008

    Thanks for the input. I checked the fuses and they are OK....will clean battery posts and cables as soon as the weather permits..its below freezing here and the car is outside....looked for relay and didn't see one...will check coil pack when the weather gets better.

    thanks again



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Check you fuses and clean your battery terminals, you might have a relay that controls you ignition. or could be your coil pack.

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