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My 1991 vw jetta wont start... it makes a ticking noise when i turn the key over .. anyone got any ideas ... the motor was rebuilt about 2 years ago. 14k on the clock.

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    i charged the battery and it still just makes a ticking noise ..... any ideas

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Have you thought about a new starter? Just an idea!

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Sounds like the battery is almost dead, try boosting it with another car or a good battery you may also jump start it if its a standard. If the battery is not dead and your 100% sure of that then I'd say the starter is burned out in which case you have to change the starter.

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In automatic shifter the kill switch is in the shift selector mechanism so you can't start the car unless you are in park.

Hope this helps Lood luck Loringh

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