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It was about -30 outside and i tried to start my jetta, it turned over a couple of times but now it wont do anything. everything else works but the starter wont turn the engine over

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  • j76m Dec 26, 2008

    Did you fix your problem? The same thing happened to me with my 98 Jetta Tdi. It was cold, cranked for a couple of seconds then quit. Can only hear relays picking up when I turn the key - but starter won't crank engine. Battery is good. If you found a fix, what was it?



  • TDIGUY Jan 16, 2013

    I had the same thing happen to me with my 2000 Jetta TDI (280Kmiles). I just had the starter rebuilt this fall? I would be shocked if it is the starter. I even tried using my booster battery box to jump it, all lights and buzzers clear and bright still nothing from the starter. Is there a main fuse or a relay or ??? seems odd it was only 18deg F out and it has started in colder this year.

  • TDIGUY Feb 11, 2013

    There is a large braided copper conductor from the solenoid to the starter that was corroded and melted. Had it repaired and now it works great.

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These engines require a LOT of amperage from the battery. A battery's amperage output is severely decreased in the cold weather. If your battery is old, it may not have the power to turn the engine over. Your solutions are (1) warm the engine to allow for easier turn-over and (2) put a charger on the battery to keep it warm in cold weather. The first can be accomplished by having your dealer install a soft-plug block heater. As to charging the battery, be sure the charger is one that monitors the battery's charge and turns itself off when the battery is fully charged.
If this does not help, then your cold cranking may have caused your starter to begin to fail. Good Luck and stay warm!

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