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2001 VW Jetta keeps refusing to start without tapping the starter with a hammer. It has been taken to 2 different auto shops, and we have had a total of about 4 re-manufactured starters and 2 brand new starters. The last put on it was a new starter. When turning the key, it clicks but the engine does not turn over. Battery has been replaced. "Everything" associated with the starter has been tested and supposedly is fine. What do I do now? Have put an additional approximate 1/3 of the purchase price into getting it fixed. I am about to give up and sell it for scrap parts! Or else get really comfortable with my hammer.

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You may have to add shims to the starter, remanufactured starters sometimes are not the right replacement part, unless you put the metal shims in with it. the shims adjust the placement of the gears that turn the flywheel during the start sequence. it's a hit and miss operation sometimes, don't give up!! you can purchase those shims at auto zone or advance auto, or just about any parts store. also, just to make sure you're not getting a bad ground add a ground wire to one of your starter bolts, ground it to your frame. hope this helps and thank you for choosing

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