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1.8t Won't catch, checked fuel pump,pushed on relay and horn honks

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1.8t Won't start/catch, checked fuel pump,pushed on relay. and horn works

Please bear with me... passat noobie ( 3 weeks). manufactured 5/98 wagon stick shift. car is too much fun, getting pulled over once a week on average. friend at junkyard said "maybe you should change your shoes ?"

The condition ; car running well, has gas, routinely fixing with recycling yard parts (interior etc). just replaced glove box, turned off car. wouldn't start next morning ( turns over catch or trying to catch. dead. did rain previous night. Op ( is this operator ?) is bad with keys attached to wallet, pulls routinely on ignition. (will correct soon...with fancy new remote keys when i can afford).

no water on mats. checked for "car wash condition" turned car over multiple times. put batt on charger( in car). checked for fuel, plugs dry. checked fuel rail, pump not activating. manually hot wired pump with extra batt, pump works. checked all fuses( replaced #14 anyway as per advice). tore cover off pump relay pushed on it no pump ( start still exists). tested icm. removed ecm,was dry(and attached harness connectors to interior harness).

horn honks so it's not ignition ? :banghead: thoughts ? Thanks so much in advance. i'm boggled by amount of info here at PW... it's got me this far ...who knew ?! i feel lots better knowing what some of this newfangled gibber-underdash is. this place ( PW) is better than reading a factory manual ( $100 ? wth, guess i'll get it later )


i should check for spark but it's always fuel OR spark right ? oh yea, not in 70's anymore.check ground was mentioned but...where ? thanks again ?
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FWIW I think the ECU is most likely OK, and the only fault was the battery connection.
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