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Cold weather starting

I have an 03 VW Jetta 1.8t GLS, that doesn't like to start when its cold. It has power to everything and the battery is free of corrosion. Do you have any ideas of what could be causing this problem? It doesn't even make an attempt at trying to start?

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  • lmendo1 Jan 13, 2009

    I have a 2003 Jetta GLS with the same problem. You hear a click from the relay that engages the starter, but it does not even attempt to turn. You keep trying to start the car for 5-15 minutes (depending on how cold it is outside) and then all of a sudden it starts like there was nothing wrong to begin with. Any suggestions?

  • mereweather1 Jan 26, 2009

    I have this problem also, turn the key when the tempature is lower than -18C and the starter won't even try to start till the tempature outside gets at least up too -15Cor warmer then it'll turn the engine over and will start ??

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Take it you mean its turning over but wont start ? if it is the common problem is the coolant temp sender,disconnect it and it should start,get a new one asap.

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