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    So the other day I take my T/A to the store and when I come back out it won't start so I try wait 3min try so on and so forth 20 minutes later it finally starts. So at this point I'm thinking the key has finally worn out and I drive it home and park it. Today I get a new key from the stealership and I go to start the T/A and it won't start at all. So now I'm lost it cranks and cranks, its got fuel in the rail, my spark tester appears to have pulled a houdini so I couldn't test that. But I've never had spark plugs just take a shit tho so that doesn't seem likely. Would the coils just die and wouldn't it start even if just one was working? Any ideas or suggestions would be helpful cuz I'm all out. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOBS View Post
    So the other day I take my T/A to the store and when I come back out it won't start so I try wait 3min try so on and so forth 20 minutes later it finally starts. So at this point I'm thinking the key has finally worn out and I drive it home and park it. Today I get a new key from the stealership and I go to start the T/A and it won't start at all. So now I'm lost it cranks and cranks, its got fuel in the rail, my spark tester appears to have pulled a houdini so I couldn't test that. But I've never had spark plugs just take a shit tho so that doesn't seem likely. Would the coils just die and wouldn't it start even if just one was working? Any ideas or suggestions would be helpful cuz I'm all out. Thanks
    Maybe you need to replace your synchronizer keys

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    I knew it was gonna be some smartass remark when I saw who posted last. Still made me smile tho lol.

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    Well I'm glad it made you smile, because I was laughing my ass off!

    http://www.aa1car.com/library/car_wont_start.htm

    There are some things on this page you haven't checked. Have a glance over and see if it helps.

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    Well, you have fuel, but do you have a pressure gauge to see if it's around 58lb ?

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    So after work today I decided to check the fuses which were all good. Then since it cranks I decided to switch the starter relay with the ignition relay and it started.........switched them back and it still started? Does it have to learn a new key and it just reset when I pulled the relay or what? Now I'm super confused but at least it starts.

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    Just don't leave the house without the cell phone !!! LOL !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOBS View Post
    So after work today I decided to check the fuses which were all good. Then since it cranks I decided to switch the starter relay with the ignition relay and it started.........switched them back and it still started? Does it have to learn a new key and it just reset when I pulled the relay or what? Now I'm super confused but at least it starts.
    Sounds like the ignition may have been sticking. Pick up a new one and replace it - if only for insurance - they aren't expensive.

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    Thanks for the help and smartass remarks guys

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    Is it a stick? My buddy had the same problem and it ended up being his clutch switch.

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    Not the clutch switch(if M6) or neutral switch if Auto as either would stop the car from cranking. Any DTC codes?

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    Its an A4 and no dtcs. Hoping its just the ignition switch cuz I don't wanna have to buy more keys for a new ignition cylinder.

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    If your battery cables are in good condition, it MAYBE the starter bendix.

    Have someone continually hit the starter (not kill it) with a hammer, as you are trying to start the vehicle, if it then starts, you have a bad bendix, and need a new starter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveC View Post
    If your battery cables are in good condition, it MAYBE the starter bendix.

    Have someone continually hit the starter (not kill it) with a hammer, as you are trying to start the vehicle, if it then starts, you have a bad bendix, and need a new starter.

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    But op said it cranks and cranks and no start.

    I'm thinking low fuel pressure, he hasn't said what the actual pressure is yet.

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    If it cranks and cranks and cranks and won't fire you are either missing fuel or spark.SO you need to verify you have both of those-don't get sidetracked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edbird View Post
    If it cranks and cranks and cranks and won't fire you are either missing fuel or spark.SO you need to verify you have both of those-don't get sidetracked.
    I grew up in Hammond!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    I grew up in Hammond!
    Dont play you serious?!?! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by HOBS View Post
    Dont play you serious?!?! lol
    Well the previous poster has Hammond, Ind for where he is from. I assume this is Hammond, Indiana. If so, yes. Lived there until I went to highschool then moved. I still live close to that area though.

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    So noone else thinks its an ignition switch problem, eh? I really dont want it to be a fuel pump frickin 800 bucks to replace it at the stealership. I havent posted up the fuel pressure cuz I dont have a fuel pressure gauge and my spark tester won't ground hook up right to the wires. But it starts again and I can't get it to act up again luckily not my DD but still very odd

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    Quote Originally Posted by 35th-ANV-SS View Post
    Well the previous poster has Hammond, Ind for where he is from. I assume this is Hammond, Indiana. If so, yes. Lived there until I went to highschool then moved. I still live close to that area though.
    I put that together was just being an ass, now go break some more stuff so I can give you shit about it!

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