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I have a 1997 Volkswagen Jetta. It will not start. Cranks over fine. Getting fuel and spark and compression is good. Seems to want to fire as soon as I stop cranking. At other times I get a large amount of backfiring. It was running a little rough, but I drove it to where is parked now. The next day it will not start. New cap and rotor and plugs. Replace distributor and coil. I am new to Volkswagen, and don't know where to go from here.

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Timing is off. Timing belt/chain may have jumped a tooth and is firing at the wrong time. If it has a distributer try turning it one way or the other and see if it starts.

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