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Old January 4th, 2008, 14:58   #31
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You are essentially in condition 4 above. The clicking noise is probably your solenoid on the starter clicking as it tries to engage, and dropping back out due to low voltage.

You need to charge your battery and ensure you have a good battery.

If it were mine, and it was 3 yrs old or more, I would replace it with a new one. A group 94R. Look in the last few posts here.

http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=191760

In any case I would not have it towed to the dealer.

It is usually within most peoples's capability (or someone they know) to charge or replace a battery.
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Old January 4th, 2008, 20:07   #32
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When I try and start the car I get flashing dash lights and a clicking sound coming from the engine. I'm guessing it's the starter gone bad but would like some opinions before having it towed to the VW shop. The car sat idle for approx 10 days before I tried to start it in temps ranging from 20-45 degree's. Started fine before this. Thanks
Verify what is clicking before proceeding. If you know that the clicking is a relay, that will send you down one road, but if you know that it's the solenoid, that will send you down another road. Please don't guess, groundhog since you don't want to spend time chasing the wrong problem.

I do agree with Dan that it's most likely the starter solenoid, but once you are sure, you can confidently proceed down the correct path.

( I guess I need to start in on a post or something on how to test the batteries and cables.)
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Old January 7th, 2008, 20:39   #33
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refering to situation #2, I can't seem to find one of these pumps anywhere . can you tell me where to find one ? Please !!!!
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Old January 7th, 2008, 20:53   #34
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refering to situation #2, I can't seem to find one of these pumps anywhere . can you tell me where to find one ? Please !!!!
Try Boraparts.com.

How did you go about checking the pump?
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Old January 11th, 2008, 22:39   #35
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Added a simple suggestion to post 13.
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Old January 13th, 2008, 18:31   #36
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Default Tap on solenoid with hammer

One thing to add, If you are having a "No power to the starter" issue, that is the starter is not making any noise whatsoever, first try tapping the solenoid with a hammer handle or something, preferably while someone turns key to start. This will unstick it often. Then you know the solenoid needs looking at.

The technical rub is: Terminal 50 at solenoid, the plug whitedog showed in picture, one red/black wire should have over 8 volts when key turned to start. That is the wire that activates the solenoid's internal switch giving battery power from the big cable coming from battery to the solenoid and starter allowing them to do their things. Specifically, the solenoid pushes the starter motor's gear into mesh with the flywheel and allows the battery's electricity to flow to the starter. The starter motor spins the flywheel starting the car.

If battery good and you have V at Terminal 50, the problem is either solenoid or starter or engine seized. But if engine seized you would still hear a click there. You can sometimes get by with tapping with hammer for months and months. It's best to get starter rebuilt a reputable shop rather than get a liftime warranty rebuild job from China via Autozone or similar. Unless you don't mind replacing your starter a few times until you get a good one. My friend is on his 3rd failed one in last year. If you have to go to a McParts store to get a starter or alternator, I would only go to Oreilly's. I have a good starter and alternator from them in my cars now (A3 starter, A4 Alternator).

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Old January 22nd, 2008, 12:36   #37
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My Jetta is having problems starting. This morning it took 4 tries of about 5 sec. each for it to finally start. Sometimes it starts right up though. I'm also concerned that I can smell diesel fuel when I walk by the hood. I don't remember that happening before. Thoughts?
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Old January 22nd, 2008, 16:06   #38
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See #9.

Look for fuel leaking.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 18:31   #39
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Thanks for the information,the pump timing tips are invaluble,did discover one odd thing your readers might want to be aware of,one of the problems I had getting the timing right was the locking tool I bought was .010 to large in diameter to fit in the hole,a quick trip thru the lathe fixed the problem but it sure had me frustrated for a while trying to figure out what I was doing wrong. Thanks again for all your effort
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Old January 30th, 2008, 20:31   #40
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You done good Hoss, reeall good. aka Good job Tim.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 00:19   #41
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You done good Hoss, reeall good. aka Good job Tim.
Thanks, but there are still some gaps.
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Old January 31st, 2008, 22:10   #42
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Added situation #10 about DSG equiped cars not starting in cold weather.
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Old March 5th, 2008, 22:12   #43
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We are still trembling in fright and recovering from your first post.

Excellent project.
Amen! I can see this becoming a sticky already. Great job Tim

Edit: wow that was fast.

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Old March 5th, 2008, 22:24   #44
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Thanks, Nick. I think that is one that is a good help. I'm still looking for testing the cables and such, though that may actually be in there.
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Old March 6th, 2008, 22:52   #45
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so the long and short of the matter is not having the right tool for the right job gotta love em..Dr.diesle and yes I do have some pumps if you need
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