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    2001 GTI, no spark?

    Hello,I am using my fathers login.

    My father just bought me a 2001 GTI with a 717. When we bought it the previous owner had concerns about the oil pump not working. The previous owner put new spark plugs in the and it would start fine. My father and I tested the oil pump to make sure that it function properly. Before we started to test the pump, we disconnected the spark plugs and put the wires on the grounding posts. After we completed checking the pump we reconnected the spark plugs and it would not start. After diagnosing with a timing light, it does not have any spark.

    Are there any ideas of what is wrong, or how to diagnose the problem that we are experiencing?

    That you for all of you consideration to helping find a solution to our problem.

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    Re: 2001 GTI, no spark?

    How did you check for the no spark condition?

    I use an inline spark checker with a little light in it to tell me if I have spark or not.




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    Re: 2001 GTI, no spark?

    If you have no spark I would check all the fuses first. If you don't have the shop manual you can download it for free, there are trouble shooting sections in them.
    Last edited by Hydro-Mike; 08-12-2017 at 11:38 PM.

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    Re: 2001 GTI, no spark?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff View Post
    How did you check for the no spark condition?

    I use an inline spark checker with a little light in it to tell me if I have spark or not.




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    {Dad replying}

    I used a timing light and pulled a plug to check for spark.

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    Re: 2001 GTI, no spark?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hydro-Mike View Post
    If you have no spark I would check all the fuses first. If you don't have the shop manual you can download it for free, there are trouble shooting sections in them.
    {dad replying}

    I have a shop manual and looking in Section 3 but all it says is replace MPEM. I know that the previous owner has just replaced it.
    Last edited by mrwhipper; 08-13-2017 at 07:33 AM.

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    Re: 2001 GTI, no spark?

    So, I guess my next question is how do I test the MPEM? I also did some searching and on other threads some were saying that the stator could be the problem. How to I test the stator?

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    Re: 2001 GTI, no spark?

    That would be where I would look.

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    Re: 2001 GTI, no spark?

    Not sure what you are saying. Continue to search? Replace the MPEM? Replace the stator?

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    Re: 2001 GTI, no spark?

    Quote Originally Posted by mrwhipper View Post
    {Dad replying}

    I used a timing light and pulled a plug to check for spark.
    Was there spark?


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    Re: 2001 GTI, no spark?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff View Post
    Was there spark?


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    No spark nor no light.

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