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02 vw euro, 60k miles, intermitent no power to ignition switch. This symptom has only occured 6 or 8 times. Turn key...lights come on, no noise, no click, no crank, nothing....first occured. 2 months ago....then it started the second time switch was turned....as if maybe the key was not turned far enough to engage the starter....has not happened for a couple of weeks..then this morning after sitting all night. It took me about 30 or more attempts...in and out of park into neutral...jiggling the park lever...and then multiple times turning the key....then it started starting and started again with no trouble...Can the problem be diagnosed if the car is starting like it always has before and is now...Today was the first time it did not start right away on the 3rd try...

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    They are notorious for melting the plug that plugs into the back of the ignition switch.

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Sounds like it may be related to the 'neutral safety switch'. When you turn the key to start the engine, current goes from the ignition switch through the neutral safety switch to the starter relay, then on to the starter. Some cars have a shift linkage adjustment to make sure the trans is fully into park; mal-adjustment could cause what you describe. Anyway, start diagnosis at neutral switch and proceed to starter relay. Don't forget to check starter power feed wiring for loose/corroded connections. I've seen many cars exhibit this condition after being driven in heavy rain, etc., and in most cases, the battery wire on the starter, or the ignition trigger connection had become corroded enough that contact was lost, sometimes intermittently. It is important when checking these to actually disconnect these wires and look for corrosion, etc. especially the spade terminal for the trigger wire(be sure to disconnect battery before using tools on the starter battery wire)

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The electrical portion of the ignition switch probably has worn plastic that keeps it from being turned enough to reach the "crank" position. Fairly common on Eurovans that I've seen.

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Loose battery terminals or loose earth wire connected to the body may be the issue

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SOURCE: intermitent starting problems. Battery ok, cables

yes there is a switch called Prndl SWITCH OR THE SAFETY NETURAL SWITCH, SINCE IT SENSES WHEN IT IS IN park Drive one drive to neutral and reverse that's where it gets the name pronounced prndl switch. IT'S located on the side of the transmission where the linkage is you take the nut off to remove linkage with the car in park, Also has two bolts that have to be removed and the harness removed. if you need more information let me know. One other thought the starter solenoid could do the same thing if the button is burnt inside the ,

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You may have enough battery volts but not enough amps to crank the engine over. First double check all your battery cables to make sure they are all very clean and tight. If they are, try tapping on the solenoid to see if it's stuck. If it doesn't make a difference, check the ignition wire form ignition to the solenoid. A cracked wire can also cause this. Most part stores will test the battery for free.

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and get and injector balance test, sounds like they leak,
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no crank.
repeat that again. the key switch has many posisitions
no (this era) car cranks, in the non run or start position so?
my guess, is the start position (spring loaded it is) is intermittant
and when starting you wiggle key , in the ST posistion and the starter
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With a screwdriver trip the latch on the door 2 clicks, you'll see

In the void just below the latch finger get a can of Brakecleen and firehose the hell out of it. As fast as it evaporates I still had it running out of the door drain.

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Recall 04V096000: Brake Light Switch Malfunction

DEFECT: The brake light switch on these vehicles may malfunction. If this happens, the brake lights could become inoperative, or come on and stay on, even though the vehicle is parked.

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Copyright © 2004 ALLDATA LLC

Give them a call and see if your vehicle is included in the recall, you will need the VIN number.

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