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98 jetta wont start

I replaced the fuel pump and filter..when i rotate the key it just seems like zero fuel is getting to the engine. my clutch cable blew but i jimmy rigged it with a u boult and nuts, it worked fine like this for 3 weeks then one day i was driving it and it just bogged out and wouldnt start. nothings wrong with the timing belt..not broken at least. anyone have a suggestion?

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Are you sure you have your fuel filter in the correct direction also if the pick up on the fuel pump is not sitting correctly it will not pick up fuel can you hear the pump kick on when you turn the key to the on position?

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