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My 99 Passat wagon turns over but will not start (cold weather)

My 99 passat wagon will not start. I think it flooded two days ago in the cold, but now it just turns over and turns over, sputters a little, but will not start. I tried holding the gas peddle down, but that did not help. the oil light comes on so then I stop, and try again in 12+ hours, but no luck. any ideas?

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  • bnsteely Jan 08, 2009

    My 99 Passat emits an very strong gas/benzene order whenever I start it in subzero temps.  I have an auto start, so I don't notice it until it has been warming up in the parking lot for 10-15 minutes.  Is this dangerous?  The dealer said if not lights came on on the dash and it starts and runs, it is ok.  The smell is so strong and lasts for a long time.  I have to keep the windows open (no small inconvenience in 14 below weather!!!) to breathe!  What to do?

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    gordon Feb 24, 2009

    somethinglike this happened to me recently and the vw dealer never seen the like of it.

    it was -8 early in the started no problem and off i as far as the fuel filter held and power died.wouldn't restart so towed it to the was turning over as normal but wouldn't fire so we checked the filter......full of ice......i had let the tank go fairly low the day previous and the water in the bottom of the tank had been drawn through the system and frozen inside the fuel lines?

    but the main fault was inside the fuel tank by the fuel gauge level.there is a plastic gause at the bottom of it and there was a ball of ice blocking any fuel from going through the system.

    thawed it out with a hair dryer and gave the diesel a bit of help by putting an air line into the tank while blocking as much air as we could from coming out the fuel cap and gave it a blast of air to force it through the lines........

    up she fired....happy days and no cost as it was a lesson learned for all the mechanics,

    hope this helps someone some day.




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Pull out your spark plugs and check for fuel fouling. If they are fouled replace them. If it was badly flooded you may have to shoot a little oil into the spark plug holes then turn the engine over with the spark plugs out. Reinstall plugs and it should fire off. Good luck.

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