Trying to start 96 Jetta
Hello, We're looking at a friends used 96 gl Jetta. Problem is it won't start. It was a DD until 6 months ago, the alarm wouldn't turn off, so he disconnected the battery cable. I used the key to reset the alarm and all is well. Is there an anti theft issue that is causing the no start? It has spark and fuel, It cranks but sounds weird. He has a 97 Jetta that we were comparing it to.
I was watching the timing belt and checked how tight it was with my hand (car off). The belt feels very loose, I can twist it with a finger, should it be as tight as the Serp belt? I'm wondering if it jumped timing, it drove fine 6 months ago? 134,000 miles, my friend had the belt changed in the past, I don't know about the tensioner.
This might be a $200 first car for my daughter, no problem tuning up and going through it. Thanks
Last edited by 930dreamer; 09-07-2010 at 08:58 AM.