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97 Jetta will not start

Changed ignition switch and starter. Car will crank if I pop the clutch.

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Sounds like there's no spark. Change the ignition coil. This is a common solution for cars that won't start due to lack of spark. To check for spark, pull a spark plug wire and hold it near the manifold and have someone turn the key to crank. If you don't see an arc of spark coming from the wire, this would confirm your spark problem. Hope this answers your question.. Best of luck.
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