Maybe it's because I'm a girl and dumb when it comes to cars, but I just want to see if anyone has had similar problems to myself. So PLEASE bear with me when it comes to questions and answers because I may just have no idea.
In Feb 2012 I bought a 2009 Jetta SE (2.5L Tiptronic). What a beautiful, sporty, fun car. Just over 50k miles so the bulbs (both daytime running) needed to be repaired shortly after I bought it, but I'm assuming they were factory and it was just time for new ones. Though it feels like every month another bulb is going out and Im about to pull my hair? They should have just replaced all the bulbs before giving it to me. Guess I'm spoiled that way.
Last Monday, it was pretty warm and to avoid burning my butt, I ran outside to start my car and turn on the AC. When I came back outside 10 min later the car wasnt running. Which I thought was strange. I tried to start it, and NOTHING. The odometer, time window was lit and working, the radio, windows, and sunroof worked. But the car wouldnt start. It made NO noise trying to start. No clicks, no growling. Just silence. After crying hysterically for about 5 minutes, I tried it again and the car started like a champ. Not only did I feel like a total idiot, but it just reminded me that crying makes everything all better.
I listed and watched the car close the last few days. No warning lights, no funny noises. No problems whatsoever. Must have just been a flook or some bizarre anti-theft lock I've never heard of.
Saturday morning I took my little girl for a car wash and vacuum. Came home. Was in the house about 15 min. Did not leave the car running. Went back outside to the car with my dogs. Let them in the car. Went to start it and NOTHING. Same thing. Radio, windows, lights, etc. working like nothing was wrong. But silence out of the engine. This time there was no restarting. No matter how many tears we're flying, it wouldn't just fix itself.
Had a friend check the battery (JUST IN CASE), had another friend use his fuse checker, no strange indications. A tech at the dealership I bought the car suggested it may be the Ignition Switch. A friend of mine who is a mechanic (unfortunately not very familiar with VW's) thought that sounded like a legit answer.
Yesterday morning, in hopes that it just was wet or acting up, I tried to start it again. Nothing.
This morning I tried to start it. Nothing.
It has now been towed to a local mechanic who works on import cars. He called and said everyone was incorrect, it was not the ignition switch. It was the power supply relay. The engine was getting NO power.
I dont know if this has any bearing on the story, but the car wouldn't shift out of park. No one could get it to reverse/neutral/anywhere. It was just stuck, so when the car got towed the tow man had to "manually" put it in neutral. Whatever that means.
So about this Power Supply Relay... Apparently this is not a part that can be bought at a store? It can only be purchased through VW so the part is now being shipped to the mechanic. But I can't find ANYTHING about this happening to other people online. Why does the weird stuff always happen to me?
The part that really confused me was when the mechanic mentioned that this would at least get the car running for him to see what was wrong? WHAT DOES HE MEAN WHAT WAS WRONG Isn't this power supply relay the problem? Did I do something to cause this to break? Is there more to the story? Do these things just break on their own?
Has ANYONE heard of this happening? Am I losing my mind? HELP!!!!!!