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    Replaced Radiator and Now Won't Start

    So my mechanical fan came apart and punctured several holes in my radiator and my car leaked water and coolant everywhere. So it happened right after startup and I drove it until the coolant light came on, the car wasn't even to full temp.

    I started the car a few times between the time I parked it after the fact and when it was finally in my garage. I had to move it into a parking lot after I parked it because it would have to sit over night. Then it was started to put it on a Tow Dolly (AAA has stupid rules, but that's another story) and when I had to pull it off. I also moved it closer to my garage door prior to actually pulling it apart.

    Then after I finished changing out the radiator and filling back up with tap water and G12, the thing won't start. It turns over and is getting fuel, but just isn't firing. I didn't disconnect anything other than the hoses for the radiator, the trans coolant lines on the radiator and the coolant temp sensor. So I don't know why this would cause the car not to start.

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    1999 VW Passat GLS Variant
    1.8T Tiptronic
    Giac X Chip

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    Did you rehook up the temp sensor?
    /rehook up the battery?

    does it crank at all?

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    Are you getting compression or does it spin fast?

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    tap water?

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    I never unhooked the battery and yes the temp sensor is reconnected.

    No it does not spin fast, it almost starts, it catches like it is going to start and then just dies.


    Yes tap water..... I've never had issues with contaminates or collections of junk in my system.

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    They sometimes do that. Put the pedal to the floor and crank away. Eventually it will start.

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    It didn't do this 3 hours earlier when it had no water and had the old radiator in.... I am going to recheck the connection ont he temp sensor and then check all my grounds too.

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    check the fuses ...!!! usually if some thing happens out of no where, its fuses..\
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    I pulled the only fuses that would cause this to happen and they were both in good shape. I don't know where to start.

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    check all the fuses, you never know ...

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    I'm gonna do a few things in the morning, this is one of them. As well as check the sensors to see if they are still plugged in and check all of my grounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoManyPassats View Post
    They sometimes do that. Put the pedal to the floor and crank away. Eventually it will start.
    X2

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    It's flooded. If it does not start with the pedal on the floor, Pull the coils and plugs and crank it to air it out. Clean the plugs and it should start.

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    I think it is the ICM.... I already tried flooring it, and then I pulled the plugs and they were soaked.... it just isn't getting spark. That is the only thing I can think of. All fuses are intact. The CTS is connected. And it simply isn't getting spark. I have gotten misfires before, and it was acting like it was misfiring before I tore into it, when I pulled it into the driveway.

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    I am getting waaaay frustrated!

    I switched the coil packs.
    I switched the ICM.
    I checked all of the fuses.
    I checked the CTS.
    I checked all major grounds.
    I checked my timing belt.
    I tried getting a jumpstart.

    Still it won't start.

    I am getting fuel.
    I am getting spark.

    But no ignition.

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    Fuel, spark and compression should do it. Are you sure it's not flooded? I ran into something like that a few months back. Had to crank it through two battery recharges before it kicked over. Has something to do with running it for only a minute and shutting it off (like when you pull it into the garage to change the radiator).

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    that was actually the problem, I had to change out the spark plugs to get it to work. And it FINALLY turned over and started.

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