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OI have a 1996 vw polo that won't start, syptoms are:No pulse from Distributor to coil, spark plugs not sparking, The earth tested to be ok, New coil fitted yesterday, It has an immobilizer but i've been told that if it were a problem with this then it would start for a couple of seconds then cut out? Can you possibly shed any light on this problem for me please so I can either contact someone to fix it or if able do it myself, dependant on what the problem is? Any assistance appreciated Greatly Thank You

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  • Greg McCarthy Sep 28, 2010

    Who told you the immobilizer would start a couple seconds then cut out?The immobilizer is there to prevent a thief from starting it without the proper key.

  • vwbabe Sep 29, 2010

    Thanks icantry, I appreciate your comment. This is what I thought

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I can probably help you figure it out by starting off with a little information.When you turn the key while holding on the brake do you hear a click click?Does the starter turn over but the car won't fire?I would also like to know(sounds like no though)if you have an electrical measure tool?If the starter turns but does not fire,everything is good up to the PCM(powertrain control module).This also needs to be happening so the PCM can tell the fuel pump relay,auto shut-down relay,to activate the fuel injectors and ignition coil.We have to go through a process to eliminate components and go to the next one to check.If it sounds too confusing or more than you want to try,please let me know.If you do not have a regular reliable mechanic,I can tell you a few questions to ask a couple of places if your starter at least turns over.If it does not do at least that,you may be able to fix it yourself.Let me at least know that though.Thanks,Greg

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  • vwbabe Sep 29, 2010

    Hi Greg, the car turns over but there is no spark to plugs. Starter motor is ok. Have done service check with sequence of dash button pushing ect got an in02, in01

  • Greg McCarthy Sep 29, 2010

    Rats.I looked at a start diagram.It is not exactly for your specific car but they are so basic of a system that almost any car has the same basic setup.There is a possibility of a fuel pump relay fuse.You could check that out.With no spark,there are 3 other possible components.PCM,fuel pump relay or pump itself,and something called an auto shut-down relay.Does the fuel guage needle start to move up when you turn the key?Here is some information I found about your IN codes.It does not appear serious.Are you in Australia?I was in Perth years ago when I was in the military.Some day I would like to go see more of Australia.I bought a small to medium flag when I was there 25 years ago.It is larger than the American one I own!LOL,it's true.Greg http://www.vwforum.com/forums/f14/02-286...

  • Greg McCarthy Sep 29, 2010

    I guess it could be England too.

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