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Ihave a 1996vw jetta it wont start,it cranks but wont start, i checked for gas and there is gas,i don't have spark coming out of the ignition coil,ibought a new ignition coil but it seems like it's not the coil because after installing the new coil it wouldn't start,timing belt is good i checked it,i think is some kind of sensor but i'm not sure,I do have a scanner but there is nothing on the computer memory,I would really appreciate any help thanks.

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On the front of the engine at the crankshaft pulley is a sensor. Ck the sensor and connector. This sensor provides the timing pulse for the ignition system. make sure all is secured properly. Also listen for the fuel pump working. It's a low hum at the fuel tank.. There may bbe a fitting on the fuel rail going to the injectors. press the center of it like a tire valve while the key is on to chk fuel delivery. Do not get fuel on everything due fire hazard, just let any trapped air escape.. Good luck.

Posted on May 28, 2010

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The ignition module ,it sits under coil ,if that doesnt work then change the crank sensor ,these cars are basic so they are not difficult

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