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It could also be the Crank Position Sensor. It is mounted on the flywheel cover and if it gets contaminated with dust from the clutch it can stop the engine from starting. It confuses the average guy as it looks like either a fuel or ignition problem. It is held in position with two bolts. Might be awkward to get to. Hope this helps.


On the Mk1 Golf there is a bush at the ring gear end of the starter motor which could be causing the problem. It could be caused by failing ring gear on the flywheel, a bad earth strap or simply an aging starter motor. The good news is that the starter is easily removed and nothing is particularly expensive.

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