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Ive got a 2001 vw jetta 2.0 that died while driving and will not start. The starter engages but engine is not firing at all. Ive tested the starter which is good. I removed a spark plug & while still connected to plug wire & turned the key to verify spark which it has. I then pulled fuel pump relay & tested with twelve volts & it is operational. I then removed the fuel pump & tested it with 12 volts & it too was operational. I disconnected the fuel line just before the pressure regulator & fuel is definitly getting to the injectors. I also checked the timing belt which is fine. Ive got fuel & spark whats missing? The starter spins but doesnt turn over the engine

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Do you have compression on every cylinder? that may be your problem, that's the suggestion i'll make. pull each spark plug one at a time and do a compression check to make sure you have compression. if you don't have the tool, they are not that expensive to purchase. hope this helps you out!! although, if you do this test and it's good compression, i would lean more towards it could be out of time. meaning it could possibly have jumped time but you said the belt was good, it could have jumped a tooth or two which would mean a no start also.

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  • rpersonius Aug 23, 2010

    If it doesnt have compression then what?

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