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Offline firsttimegti

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Car won't start, no crank. Seems like ECU has reset?
« on: April 15, 2019, 09:10:40 PM »
Hi all,

I've had a mk5 GTI for about 6 months, and finally got some time to do some tidying up of small problems this weekend. I refitted doorcards after having the door handle plastics repainted, and swapped the interior dome light which had a broken switch. After trying to swap the front ashtray for a "12V socket plus extra storage" part, the car won't start... I've done about 120 miles driving today, including 2 "stop and starts" to break up the journey, so really doubt it's the battery.

With the key turned to ignition, the dash lights up, on turning to the start position I get nothing, and the dash goes out. The clock time seems to have reset, but the mileage hasn't. I'm guessing some kind of reset has occurred? I may have tried to start the car whilst having the "EPC OFF" switch, "Set tyre pressure" switch and the 12V socket disconnected (I was trying to move the gearstick so I had space to fit the new part - the gearbox is DSG) so wonder if I've confused the system by trying to do this...

I'm not sure what else I can try before calling a recovery company and heading to a garage, does anyone have a hint or tip as to what's happened?


Offline Dan_FR

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Re: Car won't start, no crank. Seems like ECU has reset?
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2019, 08:09:43 AM »
If all the lights go dim on cranking it sounds like the battery is flat. You've probably run it down whilst working on it. Get it on charge
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