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Changed the fuel filter, car won't start...any ideas? I have been cranking it and cranking it and don't want to wear out the starter. This is for a 2001 golf tdi 5 speed.
 

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Here you go, most of the info is in the FAQ section 1000q.
http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/a4/fuel-filter-change-TDI-engine.htmhttp://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q_how_to/1000q_multi/fuelfilter.htm

1. make sure the lines are right. Do you see air bubbles in the fuel lines?

2. I guess I should update the writeup to include starting difficulties since this is quite common . The problem is that you are just sucking air and draining the battery. Let the starter rest between tries to let it cool down.

3. Still no start, try using a vacuum pump to the injection pump return line. This will suck fuel through the whole system and you should have no problem. Or you could fill the fuel filter and use a funnel to fill the fuel lines with diesel.

more how tos for your car here
http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/a4/a4-ALH-TDI-engine-index.htmhttp://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q_how_to/a4/a4_how_to_index.htm
 

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Got it, but the car started after cranking it for a while. It didn't want to start, but then it started to sputter. Then it just started. I will try those methods next time!
 

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That's another reason why you shouldn't run the tank dry.

If you were thinking that you would see how far 1 tank carries you and just have a 5 gallon can of fuel in the back, this is a problem that you could see. Unless you have a vacuum pump with you, be prepared for this situation.
 
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