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Re: 96 jetta gl hard to start
Check the anti freeze level. It is to low the coolant sensor (not the temp. gauge sensor they are to different sensor) can make the computer to thing that the motor is to hot ( after it sits a short time the steam it the motor thinks it hot than what it is) making the fuel to lean. If it set longer but not to cold the sensor is not in the anti-freeze to will think it is colder and put to much fuel in.
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Just tuned up a jetta, put di-electric grease under the plug wire boots and especially the coil wire. The moisture causes mis-fire mainly at the coil. His VW had the same problem. Small pack of grease will be enough. buy 2 packs at adavance auto for $1.09 each.
the neutral safety switch is probably faulty the radio says safety because the wrong code was entered 3 time key needs to be on for 3 hours hook up battery charger check engine light may be code for trans issue
It sounds like the hydraulic lifters are bleeding down after sitting for a while... there are ball checks which are supposed to prevent this... Try using a good engine flush (a product that frees sticky lifters) and replace the oil with a good synthetic... Hope this helps...;-)
I have a1998 VW jetta vr6 glx with the same problem and living in New England it gets really cold, but i did some research and it worked.... With the car in neutral and the E-break engaged, reach down and pull up on the clutch pedal, thus "resetting" the tension in the cable, it will be a bit higher on your foot and the release/engage point will be higher as well but i did this when it was 10*f and i could not get any gear, after pulling up on the clutch, shifts with ease,,,, such a relief