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POWER TO STARTER WILL NOT TURN MOTOR OVER - Beetle Volkswagen Cars & Trucks

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  • kidneykid Sep 07, 2008

    turn key on, ignition light come on like normal, but won't turn over motor i think it might have something to do with (starter lock out) its a standard, what difference does it make if clutch is engaged or not , before i could start the car from outside of the car just by reaching in and turning the key. also theres some advice about relays and fuses, i don't even have a manual displaying what fuse is for what or no info on relays or fuse links, thecar is a 1991 golf calbriolet karmman, thats all i know, bfore it started perfect the next day it did'nt and has'nt since.

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If you're calling it a Beetle, it may be old. Old starters wear out and need to be replaced or rebuilt. I'd take it to have the battery checked, sometimes it's just a bad connection somewhere. Start with the battery.

Posted on Aug 18, 2008

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