I found this site looking for info on a problem my wife's car is having and looks like a cool place just from the funny emoticons I'm seeing to the right. Hope to keep learning!
On to my question. Was switching out the ignition switch last weekend for the 2nd time after loss of wipers/fan/turn signals. Spliced in new wires on the one that melted and the one next to it, replaced the plug as well. I had the battery disconnected after it sparked when I unplugged the ignition switch. Get it all wired and plugged back in and go to start it and I get a crank but no fire. Doesn't fire at all, not a run for 1-2 seconds and off. Cranks well.
Here's my ? that I can't seem to find. How to do I know if it's the immobilizer? The light with the car/key lights up for 2-3 seconds when I turn to the on position and turns back on after unsuccessful starts for the same amount of time but this light doesn't look new to me so I wonder if that's just it coming on in the kind of "lights on" diagnostics kind of phase that most clusters have.
I've tried so far: Unplugging the battery (didn't touch the unhooked leads together or the brakes but left it unplugged for 12 hours).
Trickle charger with key in for 10 min (but battery was a bit low and my headlights don't turn off even with the parking brake pulled) so might try again.
No messages on dash. I'm 45 miles + from a dealer or a guy with a Vag-Com as far as I can find online.