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A lot of compact cars can be had as either a sedan or a hatchback.
To distinguish between the two, manufactures usually alter a vehicleís model name with something like Sport, GT, 5-Door, etc. Volkswagen though does things differently. The company doesnít just take it a step further; it leaps forward twenty paces. Not only do VWís compact sedan and hatchback have different names, theyíre built on two completely different platforms.
Thatís not to say the Volkswagen Golf and Jetta donít share a lot in common, but there are a lot of differences. Some are obvious, others not. To see which compact is the better all-around package, we gathered similarly equipped versions of the Jetta and Golf for a head to head comparison.
Without a doubt, every owner dreads the moment when their car wonít start. What should you do? Who should you call? Can you fix it yourself? Hereís a list with ten common reasons why cars donít start up and what you can do about it.
'The first step is to define the no start' said Joe Spadafora, certified instructor at Universal Technical Instituteís Exton, Pennsylvania campus. Spadafora spent the majority of his career in working in the service department of several dealerships and receiving factory training from GM. Heís certified as a Master Technician and certified by Chrysler as a Dodge Viper technician . He also holds certifications from Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Lexus and Scion as well, so if thereís something wrong with your car, chances are heís seen it before.
To diagnose the reason your car isnít starting, you need to pay attention to happening when you turn the key. 'Does the engine crank but not actually start or, when you turn the key, does literally nothing happen?' he said. 'In a customerís eyes, the following two options are the same because both create a scenario that results in the vehicleís failure to run.'
While the two situations might seem similar, they have very different meanings that are important to a mechanic and can signal different problems calling for a variety of solutions.
'Itís important to note that a vehicle is an extremely complicated machine and can exhibit similar symptoms for a variety of reasons,' he said. 'That is why itís important to first look at the type of Ďno startí and then at the list of conditions that could be causing it in the first place.'
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