Had a cold spell with lots of snow and ice a couple weeks ago. Haven't driving my 97 automatic Jetta for 2 weeks. The first time I turned my car on it seemed as if it took a little longer than usual for the car to start but it did start. Was going to let it warm up a bit so let it idel. It seemed to be running rough and I could see the RPMs going up and down. I turned the car off to restart. When I turned key, it sounded normal but would not actually start. I thought it was the battery but all the lights and digital odometer and clock work just fine. Now every time I try to start the car it makes its usual noise but never catches. Any suggestions?
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Old new beetle VW harness has contact resistance problems(vibration of wires) and needs to be recrimped the long wires(vibration can be stopped by silicone rubber anchoring). Cold weather make battery voltages low and needs recharged with handbrake on(headlamps off) 10 minutes warming engine up the whole winter.
The term four-wheel drive typically describes larger passenger vehicles that may allow the driver to manually switch (sometimes with an automatic option) between two-wheel drive mode (if available) for streets and four-wheel drive mode for low-traction conditions such as ice, mud, snow, or loose gravel. It may not -always- work but is very reliable.
You either need to charge the battery, or you've got a bad battery. It's easy to power lights and radios, but turning an engine over, especially in cold weather, takes a lot of cold cranking amps (in other words, a fully charged and good battery.).
I would first check and see if you have a build up of off ice on the inside of the wheels. If this started all of a sudden it might also be a brake problem like I have run into in the last few weeks of bad weather. The duel caliper brakes had one caliper piston stick and let the brake pad be uneven causing a vibration in the front end. Sometimes it would release and work fine. Hope its the ice in your wheels, but if not I would take a look at brakes before spending a lot of money. Good luck and have a good day.
You may have gotten some snow it the connector for the TCM ( transmission control Module) computer for the transmission, or you may have pulled a wire off from the bottom of the vehicle check for any loose wiring harness connectors on the Transmission.
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