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On a 1996 vw golf the only way i can start it is to hook a wire from the hot to a jumper on the starter selinod and it makes it engage but if i hook the jumper wire up normally nothing happens when i turn the key .theres no power coming out the jumper wire could it be a relay or something simple

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  • lumpyleaps Feb 25, 2009

    My Battery is always dead, although I have had it checked and it is fine. Also my key/ ignition won't take. I think the two are linked, as though the ignition keeps draining the battery whenever the car is stopped / not on. It's getting really bad as I can't go anywhere that I cannot hill start from.

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Hello, I take it you twist the key to start and nothing? I repaired my Postmans Vw with the same problem. Firstly it is common and the dealer way of solving is to replace the whole ignition barrel. However I went to Maplins bought a 10 amp push to make flush fitting switch and grafted it into the wire from the ignition switch that goes to the one You use to hot wire the starter you can fuse it too to be safe. Now he has a Vw that looks like the New Bmw Mini for push button starting.
There You Go! Problem solved.
Cheer's
Paul 'W'
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Posted on Dec 16, 2008

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