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Jetta won't start

Turns over but won't start. 2004 VW Jetta 2.0L 4 cyl.

possibly seized? oil was bone dry (my girlfriend's car, I don't know how long she was driving like that...she said she hasn't had any oil pressure or other indicators/warnings)

has battery power...headlights bright, electricals work, although turning over slower than usual, sounds like its struggling to catch. tried jumping battery, didn't work.

any ideas?

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No oil in it at all....then the rings are seized or totally gone and the cylnder is toast.


Rebuild it or find another motor....yep she COOKED IT. Teach her to check the oil every day on the next one. By the time a light comes on its too late...the dipstick never fails to work :)


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Posted on Jul 22, 2010

  • Mike Jul 23, 2010

    Bone dry was her quote. By the time I saw it, she had put in 2 quarts of oil. She said there was just a touch of oil on dipstick...well below minimum. I dont think it seized...crank is moving. Not sure if she is getting spark. I will check that tomorrow along with fuel filter/pump.

    Any thing else I should check?

    Thanks for assistance...


  • Sean Wright
    Sean Wright Jul 23, 2010

    I meant the rings seized to the pistons. not seized to the cylnder walls.



    Check the compression you should have at least 100lbs, and no more thatn 10% difference between the highest and lowest reading cylnders.

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