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97 jetta won't start when engine is cold

I just got a 97 jetta 2.0 L. runs great once started. but will not start when cold with out jumping it. Replaced battery, still no difference. had check engine codes read, only code reading is a O2 sensor (bank 1 sensor 1). replaced O2 sensor, coil, spark plugs, wires, distributor cap. -Thanks

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It sounds like your starter motor could be at fault.

Does it turn over slowly,or not at all with out the jum leads?

Posted on Jun 28, 2009

  • Jack Keigley Jan 03, 2013

    it will start if I disconnect air filter and choke it

  • Jack Keigley Jan 03, 2013

    It starts if I disconnect air filter and choke it do they have a auto choke on them

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I jumped car off it crunk on its own fora day,then batt went dead again,this time it won't jump off. It wants to crank but won't turn over.


not sure what you said but.
seems the battery is discharging,? 12.6v is fully charged,
own a voltmeter?
try a good loaned battery , does it start the car,?
i think you meant?
i can jumper cable start my car at any time. (off another running car)
but after running my car, the battery discharges and it will not crank at all. right?
this means ,the charging system on your car is bad.
if the starter cranks great, then the engine is flooded or is in great need of a tune up (sparkplugs etc)
if flooded try the super secret in the op guide, crank with throttle wide open , this magic trick cuts all fuel injection allowing the flooding
to purge away, and eventual starting.
my guess 2 is the car wont start, so you crank the battery flat
you jumper start it and it runs. (luck)
then day 2, same deal cranks ok but wont start.. ever tune up the engine?

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