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VW MKIV-A4 TDIs (VE and PD) This is a general discussion about A4/MkIV Jetta (99.5-~2005), Golf(99.5-2006), and New Beetle(98-2006). Both VE and PD engines are covered here.

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Old November 30th, 2005, 16:27   #1
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: SE NC
Default Car wouldn't start...

OK so I was at the "fillin station" and just topped off my '03 NB all the way up the neck via venting. Get back in the car and turn it over and the car "fires" or "combusts" for about half a second then goes back to cranking. It would continue turning the car over as long as I held the key to "start". Stop, reset and try it again....same thing for about 10-12 times over a five minute time frame. Finally it hits and cranks as normal. What is the deal? Strange. Got home and it seems to be fine now.
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Old November 30th, 2005, 16:47   #2
Dana Hanchett
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Location: Milford, Ma. U.S.A
TDI(s): 2011

Probably lack of air. Common problem and easy to fix. Check your "change-over" valve aka. anti-shudder valve. Its right next to the EGR valve. Push on the side linkage to close the valve and see if it sticks closed. If it does wipe out the goop (mixture of soot and oil) with clean rags after you take off the spring hose clamp and pull the hose off. Using a heavy load of fuel treatment will help in preventing (not eliminating) this problem.
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Old November 30th, 2005, 17:20   #3
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thanks Dana....I may have had the inlet hose off to this device a couple of weeks ago when I was having alternator issues. I wiped the area clean as much as possible and it was full of gunk. But I will definitely look at that, thanks again.
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