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Re: Starter noise - imminent death?
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- Subject: Re: Starter noise - imminent death?
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dahl, Dave)
- Date: Thu, 20 Oct 94 12:02:50 EST
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- Reply-To: quattro
- Sender: quattro-owner
Yes, it could be the solenoid. Yes, it could be grinding flywheel
teeth. Basically, it sounds like you're going to end up replacing the
starter anyway, so doing so now may save a few teeth on the flywheel.
Another thing to consider is what will happen when the starter finally
dies -- it will probably fail to engage (i.e., strand you manymany
miles from home) or fail to disengage (i.e., break things that cost
lotsa money). If it was happening to me, I'd replace it *before* it
failed completely. I don't think you have a chance of saving the
solenoid at this point.
- Dave Dahl (email@example.com)
- '87 VW Quantum Syncro
- '88 VW Fox GL
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I've got an 86 4000q with 219k miles, and the starter makes a really raunchy
noise upon startup (when else?). My mechanic says to just use it until it
A) it's embarassing
B) I wonder if something preventative could prevent the motor's demise?
It is a sort of scratching noise that happens usually after you let go of the
key, although it does it if you hold the key for a long time in the on
I tried spraying huge quantities of WD-40 in the long narrow screw holes and
then starting it - no good. Could it be that little solonoid gadget on the
side that shoots it onto the flywheel? Could it be grinding the flywheel