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1998 Volkswagen Beetle Question: Im not sure whats wrong with my car. It wont start.

 

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Visitor, Bradford, PA, February 26, 2010, 20:21

It over heated once I know I need an oil change and some one I had look at it said he thinks it might be the crow. Can it be anything else?

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, February 26, 2010, 22:13
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    If the engine cranks over the battery and starter must be OK. The engine needs three things to start, fuel (gasoline), ignition (spark) and mechanical integrity (it must develop compression in each cylinder to start ie mechanical components must be in synchronization with each other. If it had run well previous to this no start condition chances are the engine is well mechanically. Had the Check Engine light been on? The engine may have lost spark or fuel which could be due to any one of a number of sensors having failed or the fuel pump or related components are not delivering fuel to the fuel injectors. The engine uses many sensors to report engine temperature, air flow into the engine, crankshaft and crank shaft position sensors to allow the computer in your car to make calculations controlling fuel and spark to the cylinders. It is hard to speculate without being able to hear the engine crank over and do some preliminary tests to determine the cause of your no start condition.

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    Visitor, April 19, 2011, 05:23

    I had this problem several years ago on my 2002 Beetle 2.0 Stick. I had to have it towed to the dealer. They charged me for a sensor about $400 and it wasn't the problem. I took it back, and they replaced the crank sensor, that wasn't it either. I took it back, they replaced another sensor, wasn't it. Took it back They started telling me it was my VW key. It needed a chip. Apparently that wasn't it, because I started using the other key, still stalling out. They Tried to tell me it was the battery, and were going to charge me almost $200 to replace it, when I informed them, I had already done that, less than 6 monthes ago. They voided the charge on it. They replaced the instrument panel. Wasn't it. Car failed after one week. But would start and drive as if nothing was wrong, until after about 3 more monthes it quit starting. I had it towed 30 miles to this rediculous dealer ship in California, and they gave me a loan car for 2 weeks. They finally found it was supposedly the information wire that goes to the distributor. No trouble for 2 years, until last week, after shopping at morket, turns over rapidly, wont start. Now what? Another repair bill I can't afford right now? I will fix it, and trade it in on a dependable Hyundai Elantra with a long warrantee! 40 miles to the gallon, and style. That's for me.

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    some guy February 27, 2010, 05:55
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    autotechpat is right. but what is the CROW ??? guess he was just "winging" it

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    Visitor, October 26, 2010, 08:19

    dont ever buy a wv

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