I have a 2003 VW Jetta, diesel 1.9L motor, 50 mpg, 5 speed…
Last winter it wouldn’t turn over and run. My mechanic couldn’t find anything wrong and ended up cleaning out the fuel system ($$$). After less than a week it wouldn’t start again so I took it to the dealer. The mechanic said it was a dirty flap that closes for a smoother shut off when I turn off the car. So that was cleaned ($$$).
That worked for a week or so; after that I would turn the key and get silence, only dashboard lights but it would evenutally start. This happened a few times, the it wouldn’t start at all.
So it was towed back to my mechanic’s shop. He put in a new starter ($$$). I picked up the car, drove it for a couple of days and got just dash board lights, again. My mechanic now said I needed another battery (it was 4 years old).
Battery in, I biked up to my car; the car started and I drove to my daughter’s house in a neighboring city. When I was ready to leave, I got the dashboard light again!!! I had it towed to the VW dealer there.
This dealer said it was the starter and I could pay $600 or go back to my mechanic. So they got my car to start and I drove it back to my mechanic; he put in another starter. I brought the car home, again.
In the morning, I turned the key, heard the starter whirling, but the car didn’t try to start. Infact, when I took the key out, the starter continnued to whirl for another 10 minutes. then I smelled burnt rubber.
The car is back at the mechanics, the starter was fried; we are both scratching our heads with this.
I have 2 more payments on the car, is this the problem?
Do you have any other advise?
In the meantime I am at the limit of tow’s AAA will allow without a co-pay and I am driving my 1987 Dodge Ram Pickup which, at least, starts and goes.