I have a 2000 audi a4 Quattro 1.8T. Lately its been acting like it doesnt want to start. For the past day or so I have had no problems, until tonight. I went out to start it and nothing. The lights radio and everything else are working just fine. I got it "jumped" but that made no difference. It wont even turn over. What can I do? I had the timing belt replaced a year ago so I cant imagine that being the case.
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Remove the air filter and squirt a bit starter fluid into the intake manifold , then immediately try to start the car if it starts , that is an indication there is no fuel going to the engine ,check the fuel system,if it does not start , you may have an ignition problem.
I hope that you had the proper weight oil installed, at your oil change. If your oil is up to the proper level, and it's rattling ,this is VERY bad. White smoke usually means steam in the exhaust, and that means a blown head gasket. Check your coolant level. I wouldn't drive it anymore......until someone knowledgeable can diagnose it!!!!!
Sometimes the ignition switch itself fails. It's about $35 from a dealer and is fairly straightforward to install. It's at the end of the key cylinder opposite the key slot, held in by two set screws removed with a flathead screwdriver. It's the actual electronic connection between key cylinder and the car's electrical and starting systems. You have to remove the steering wheel and column trim to access it, but with the right tools (Torx bits sized T30 for the airbag bolts and T55 for the center steering wheel bolt), plus the usual Philips and flathead screwdrivers, and a set of metric hex keys, you can have it changed and reassembled in about an hour.