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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-27-2009, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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2000 Passat won't start....

I have a 2000 VW Passat 2.8 wagon with about 145,000 miles on it. About two weeks ago I started having problems with starting it, when I turn the key it wouldn't start the first time but on the second try it would always start. Four days ago my Wife when out to drive the car she started it but she said it was running rough with the rpm gauge fluctuating so she didn’t drive the car. I went out to start it two days ago it wouldn't start at all I tried two start it three time but no luck, it sounds like it’s trying to crank but it won’t . The battery’s good, the gas level is in the red but not empty could it be the fuel pump or maybe something else. Please help got to get to work....

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Your engine needs 5 things to start and run properly:
1) A battery with enough power to turn the engine over fast enough to start.

2) A good starter strong enough to turn the engine over fast enough to start.

3) A engine in good mechanical shape with the correct valve timing and compression.

4) Proper fuel air mixture delivered to engine by the carburetor or fuel injection system.

5) Proper spark of high enough voltage across good spark plugs. This spark must happen at the correct time.
Cars that won't start usually have either a fuel supply problem or a no spark problem. No spark can also be caused by a bad coil, rotor, distributor cap, electronic ignition module, pickup coil assembly, or wiring defect.
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Fuel pumps are a pretty common failure on the 2000 with over 100K. I would start there.

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