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5th Gen: No Start (First time) Fix

This is not a thread about a no start condition in general, this is about when you turn the key and nothing happens, then you turn in off and back on it will start, especially if you pump the clutch in between turning the key to the start position.

This is not in the DIY section because I'm too lazy to make a proper thread, and I don't have all the answers, this is just what helped me.

A couple weeks back I had a big problem, my car wouldn't start. Or it did, I just had to put the car in gear, pump the clutch and try the key a couple times. My first thought was my battery was on its way out, but that didn't really fit. My second thought was the neutral safety switch, since the problem seemed to be tied to the clutch.

As it turns out, it was the clutch fluid.

After getting really tired of this happening every day (and it only got worse with time) I bled my clutch. Nadda. After a time when it got really bad I went ahead and added some fluid to my clutch master cylinder resevoir. Some nasty green stuff floated to the top. So I decided to flush and bleed my clutch fluid. When I sucked the fluid out, it came out a dark green/black color. Not good. After that I bled it of course.

Has not happened since. Turns out my clutch fluid was so bad it was causing restrictions in my clutch hydraulic system, which made the car shift very roughly and it wasn't registering that I had the clutch pushed in when I tried to start it.

During the bleed process we also noticed that my master cylinder was missing one of the two mounting bolts, allowing the master cylinder to move when the clutch was pushed, and after I fixed that (was that ever a pain in the A), the car shifts like a champ.

So if your having this problem, try flushing and bleeding your clutch fluid. If that fails, check the clearance of the switch thats on your clutch pedal, then check your neutral safety switch. Sorry I can't go more in depth on those last two, but I really don't know much about them.



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