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HELP car died while driving and wont start...

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.

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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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Hmmm...

Before we can help you, we need to know the year and model VW you are driving.

However, I can tell you a VERY common failure point that would cause symptoms like this are a failed ignition coil. Check the coil for cracks in the plastic housing. If there are ANY (even hairline fractures), then replace the unit.

Also, when was the last time the fuel filter was replaced? If you can pull your engine codes that would be of ENORMOUS help too.

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Its a 1996 Golf GL 2.0 I belive, I have only had it 2 months and have all ready had it in the shop once, im afarid I got a lemon. When my ride gets here im going to replace the coil and rotor button, and go from there....
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sorry cant pull codes My lap top died and its stuck at a car wash
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Ok So I got a new coil and put it in and it didnt change a thing, at all.
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i may have read your post wrong but i will ask it anyways just for clarifiacation...your motor does turn? it just does not fire? if its not firing then by all means it could be your fuel pump...an easy way to test that is just to pull the gas line off the motor and just try and start the motor...if gas comes out then the pump is fine...then it an electrical problem most likely

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thats a good ideal, im at witts end, I was reading that the timing belt may be f-ed up. So ill pull the cover in the am and have a look. Today I covered the coil, the rotor, and the fuse's.

Thanks for the suggestion hopefully I get this fixed soon
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o sorry i guess i could answer your question, the starter turns but it dose not offer to start. Not a spit or sputter,... I would have thouht if my fuel pump was going out that when it was dieing it would have at least sputtered once. But It just shut off at once.
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not nessesarily...you need three different things to start a motor...air, fuel and spark...if you are missing any of these then it will not start...but the fuel is the easiest to see if it working by what i described above...spark is a little bit more difficult because you have to do a test on every single spark plug and make sure there is spark on every single one, and that they are firing in the right order....

because it still starts every now and then i would not suspect a fuel pump...because they either work or don't work....and you are probably getting air but it might be just something to check your air filter that it is clean... i am more so going along the lines of a spark problem...but to test that you can just remove one of the spark plugs but keep it on the plug wire and get someone to crank the motor, if it sparks then thats not the issue...then its something a lot more questionable

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Im making my list for tommarow. Mind you its at a public car wash so I have to work on it there. So I need to fix all that I can in a fast manor. Do you think it could be the timing belt. I didnt take off the cover to see. as of now it dose not start or try to start, the starter turns but it dosnt spit or spudder or anything....
also I dont know about on these cars but I know my old crown vic, I had a plug go bad and it would start but run like complete crap, and was weak as a kitten. But it would still start and run. Wouldnt the golf do the same thing?
Ahhh I hope I can figure it out, I had my fingers crossed that it was the coil, but that didnt change a thing, then I checked the fuses and they were good, then the rotor button and it was fine....
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i would think the fuel pump. when mine went (95 jetta 2.0) i would be driving at 70 mph and it would stall. then i'd try to start it and couldnt. but if i waited 10 mins, i could. it was fine for a week and then again, 70 mph and stalled. it did it like 3-4 times and then it wouldnt start at all. i couldnt figure it out for a long time. then i took the fuel line that goes into the fuel injectors off and tried to start the car. gas came out, but it was like a garden hose pressure. i think it's supposed to be at 36 psi for my car. i knew it wasnt 36. so i'd try that and see if theres any pressure
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ok put it in the shop, had to replace the engine wiring harness, a few colient lines, a connection box and a few other things cant rember end up costing 500 got it back friday and now I have no breaks.... grr whats next
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