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Old February 4th, 2009, 12:22 AM   #1
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Default VW question help please (1996 golf GL 2.0)

Sorry its not 4x4 but the vw boards suck....


Ok first off let me say thanks to anyone that trys to help ahead of time...
Im new to the VW world and world of cars in general as all I have owner since I was a kid were jeeps. And Im in a real bind I hgot laid off and had interviews lined up for this week and next... so I need to try to fix my car asap.

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I was driving home from picking up my girlfriend and my car died. My lights stayed on and the raido stayed on but the engine died. I coasted to the side of the road and pushed it to a car was were I had to leave it. It wont start back. When I turn the key it seems like the starter is turning over but it just isnt starting. It dont even sputter or anything trying to start. could this be the fuel pump. When I turn the key I cant hear it come on but to be honest I cant remeber is I have ever been able to hear it on.

IM Lost

The other week i was taking my girlfriend to the doctor and my car died a few times but started back so i didnt much of it and keep driving. Also lately its been picky when starting. Like when I start it if I try to take off befour it warms up enough car dies. and by warm up I mean when starting it i might have to hold down the gas so its at 2000 rpms for a minute maby more maby less. Not all the time just some... But now it wont start at all so Help.

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Old February 4th, 2009, 05:59 AM   #2
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you are working on what again?
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Old February 4th, 2009, 06:01 AM   #3
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Model, year, engine? Do you have access to tools, a fuel pressure tester, voltmeter?
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Its a 1996 golf GL 2.0 Its across town at the car was so just basic hand tools, when my ride gets here im going to replace the coil and rotor button, and hope that works. I was reading that the coil tends to go bad on alot of vw's quickly
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sorry for not posting the type of car up top, I quess I was so stressed out I just missed it somehow.
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Its not the coil I checked it today.
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Check fuel supply, i.e filter, pump, and throw some drigas in it for shits and grins - you never know with the temps we've been having. You may have gotten some water in your fuel.
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Sometimes when a fuel pump goes out you can turn the key forward (don't try to start it) Go forward and back 4-5 times then try to start it on the last one. One of the easiest ways to check for a fuel pump related problem is to spray a little starting fluid into the air intake while trying to start the car. If the car starts momentarily, then there's a good chance the fuel pump is not working.

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http://ezinearticles.com/?Car-Engine...ips&id=1916950
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