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OKAY! Big issue. Hubby is a mechanic guys so this is going to take some thinking.

Motor mount broke, hubby took to his bay welded the motor mount.
We have replaced and replaced the dang thing, that is why he welded it.

One he welded it he realized that he forgot to remove the connections to the battery.

We have replaced.. ECM,COIL pack,CAM/Crank Sensors/ he has went through the wiring all reading normal on electric reader even the relays. Timing we out. He re timed it, still not running.

It tries but it sounds like it isn't catching. And before we take it to the VW dealership and probably pay more then the 98 vw beetle is worth to fix it. We are desperately going through the car. My husband is going through it right now looking at EVERYTHING. Anyone have any ideas:(
 

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OKAY! Big issue. Hubby is a mechanic guys so this is going to take some thinking.

Motor mount broke, hubby took to his bay welded the motor mount.
We have replaced and replaced the dang thing, that is why he welded it.

One he welded it he realized that he forgot to remove the connections to the battery.

We have replaced.. ECM,COIL pack,CAM/Crank Sensors/ he has went through the wiring all reading normal on electric reader even the relays. Timing we out. He re timed it, still not running.

It tries but it sounds like it isn't catching. And before we take it to the VW dealership and probably pay more then the 98 vw beetle is worth to fix it. We are desperately going through the car. My husband is going through it right now looking at EVERYTHING. Anyone have any ideas:(
YIKES, welding the motormount wasn't the smartest thing to do since you need to remove it in order to perform certain maintenance tasks like timing belt, water pump, tensioner pulley, etc..

Which motor mount did he weld? There are 3 of them. One on each side and one in the center underneath the car. It is very unusual to have a motormount break. Did you say you already replaced it once? Did he use new Stretch bolts? If not then the motor mount isn't to blame but the old bolts. They are only to be used one time.

Anyway, back to your not starting issue. You said he retimed the car? You can't do that. Timing is set by the ECU and can't be adjusted. How did he "Time" the engine??? If the timing belt slipped and you tried to start it the valves and pistons probably had a party and not a good one.
Can you verify if the timing belt is still where it is suppose to be? Also did you have the car scanned for codes? It could be a slew of things with these cars and knowing what the fault codes are is always the first step to properly identifying the problem.

Let us know what the codes are and we can make some educated guesses.

Good Luck and keep us posted!
 

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Figured it out.. We have having a timing issue. Contacted VW the TIMING is not set by the ECM it is only monitored by the ECM.
With that said we are having the back fire out of the intake. There FOR it should be a timing issue.
Thanks for the replies we have to order the piece ( bought it used) that has the OT on it because previous owners removed it.
Best wishes, Thank you guys.

Oh and the mount I was talking about is the one by the timing belt itself.

Thanks again.
 
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