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Volkswagen Jetta TDI Difficult to Diagnose Electrical Issues Are Typically Due to Ground Issues

Volkswagen Jetta TDI Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010

Average Mileage: 187,500 mi (140,000 mi - 235,000 mi)


Electrical issues that are difficult to diagnose—and sometimes intermittent—are typically due to ground wiring issues. The most troublesome ground locations are under the battery or at the engine.

  • Visitor, , 140,000 mi

    more and more frequently, i get in the car to start it and i notice that the clock is at 1200. the trip odometer is at zero. the overall odometer reads the mileage. turning the key will make( on occasion) a ticking sound. not always. after turning the key on and off several times the car will start. this is a tdi by the way. if i don't get the glow plug light, it won't start.

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  •  Enthusiast

    front and rear light bulbs burn out too often

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