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98 jetta will not start on hot days

We have a 98 jetta that wont start on a hot day. Early in the morning it will start and then after the sun starts to go down when its cooler it will start. We had it brought to the VW dealer to get a diagnostic and they didnt find any thing. yet on a hot sunny day the ignition switch is turned on. the music plays but the engine will not start.

got any ideas??

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  • muttyankee Jun 17, 2009

    the dealer suggested to replace the ignition switch (and or) the starter, but couldnt guarantee that either would fix the problem. its really weird. didnt happen all Fall, winter and Spring, only during hot summer weather. The car can be sitting there and not have been driven at all, but if its outside in the sun, it will not start until the evening cools down. Im an electrican and think it might be some kind of bimetal part that the heat is causing an open some wheres in the circuitry. either in the ignition or a relay??????

  • passatsyncro May 11, 2010

    it may be the lower electric ignition switch. the radio working suggests that. when you do have this issue, check to see of the heater motor and the wipers work. wiggle the ignion key slightly and check. also it you have a heavy key ring, the lower ignition switch does not like it. any more infor would be great. did the VW dealer explain their findings of just blow you off?

  • Chaka Babarovich Jul 18, 2012

    I keep reading this same problem and have found about three possibilites besides starting with the starter, ignition coil, spark plugs, etc. It could be the following ECU sensor, Mass Air Flow sensor or the ignition switch. I will be replacing all 3 this weekend and will post my results.



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I have same problems on my 96 jetta. Did anyone get this fixed?

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