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Hello,

I bought a 1999 VW New Beetle 2.0L from a friend. The car needed work so I decided to take on the challenge. The car currently cranks and turns over but does not start:confused::confused:. Here are the things I have checked:
- Timing is aligned properly.
- Fuel pressure shows ~40 psi.
- Injectors checked ok
- Tried using started fluid and it almost started but no luck
- Crank sensor checks ok
A couple issues that I have not been able to find an answer:
- Fuse 29 was blown, replaced it and it blew soon after I tried to crank it
- I got an OBDII reader loaner from Autozone and the OBDII could not connect to the car. Link error message kept appearing.

If anyone here could shine some light into how to get my car started would be greatly appreciated. :D
 

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Are you getting spark? A common no start issue; is a failed ignition switch or tumbler/barrel assembly and the wiring harness/plug getting melted at the ignition switch.

Check out this thread; for more info:

http://newbeetle.org/forums/2-0-liter-gas/109962-2001-no-spark-no-start.html

You can look up service manuals here:

Volkswagen Workshop Manuals
Thanks for the quick response, I have not checked for spark yet and I hope to finish troubleshooting the problem with the videos provided under the linked thread. Do you think that could cause fuse 29 to blow up?
 

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#29 fuse; is listed for "engine control" on the fuse panel diagram. It would be nice; to have the car scanned with a vw compatible scanner, electrical component problems will typically throw a vw specific trouble code.

You could start by figuring out the wiring diagram for #29 and see what is connected to it.

Volkswagen Workshop Manuals > Beetle L4-2.0L (AEG) (2000) > Maintenance > Fuses and Circuit Breakers > Fuse > Component Information > Locations > Fuse Arrangement in Fuse Panel

As for the OBD II code reader not connecting; many times, a aftermarket radio will cause this problem:

Ross-Tech: VCDS: Afterrmarket Radio Problem
 

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Thanks billymade, I am not able to get my hands on at the moment on a good vw approved scanner. One thing I can tell you is that the check engine light is not on, it also does not come on when I turn the key to start cranking.
I opened the links for the workshop manuals but could not find additional information about fuse #29. The only thing I got is that is for "engine control", a couple of other fuses in the same panel are labeled as "engine control". Anyone else that could help me point out why fuse #29 is blowing as soon as I start cranking.

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Hello,

I bought a 1999 VW New Beetle 2.0L from a friend. The car needed work so I decided to take on the challenge. The car currently cranks and turns over but does not start:confused::confused:. Here are the things I have checked:
  • Timing is aligned properly.
  • Fuel pressure shows ~40 psi.
  • Injectors checked ok
  • Tried using started fluid and it almost started but no luck
  • Crank sensor checks ok
A couple issues that I have not been able to find an answer:
  • Fuse 29 was blown, replaced it and it blew soon after I tried to crank it
  • I got an OBDII reader loaner from Autozone and the OBDII could not connect to the car. Link error message kept appearing.

If anyone here could shine some light into how to get my car started would be greatly appreciated. :D
Replace the accessory fuse and try to use the obd2
 
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