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Re: Wierd start problems.


Check the ignition switch.  Years ago my 5kT would run fine but wouldn't
start.  It turned out that the power lead from the ignition switch went
dead during start mode, although the start lead worked fine.

>       Hey fellow Q-heads,
>          Last week I got in my car to go to a meeting, started it up (it start
>ed just fine....no problems there), drove to the place, got out, went to the me
>eting.  When the meeting was over, I got back in the car and tried to start it,
>with no luck.  The car kept turning over, but wouldn't start.  I have never had
> a problem with the car starting before (it's been hard to start before, but it
> always did start) and I knew the battery was OK.  I kept saying to myself, "No
>, this can't be happening....it maybee it's just being difficult."  So I contin
>ued to try and crank it, but it still wasn't starting.  When I finally came to
>the realzation that it wasn't going to start, I got out and tried to figure out
> how I was going to get it started.  Oh BTW, it was at night in a dark parking
>lot, and it was rainy and cold.
>        At first I tried to push the car on flat pavement.  This isn't easy, es
>pecially with the problem of trying to steer it to.  I was trying to get it out
> so I could roll it downhill and kinda roll/push start it.  Luckly a security g
>uard saw me and offered to give me a hand.  Then when I got the car facing down
>hill (luckly the parking lot was moderately sloped), I told him I could get it
>from there.  I then hopped in and put it into second gear and tried to pop it o
>ut and get it started.  It wouldn't start in second, so I put it down into 1st
>and poped it out.  It fired right up.  I then put it in neutral and reved the e
>ngine for a minute before driving home.
>      Well, I was puzzled at why it did this.  And, it's been doing this.  It h
>appened three more times since then (every time I've driven it since then).  It
> will start up fine when the engine is cold, but won't start up at all when it'
>s warm (i.e. within a few hours of me driving it).  I am completely puzzled, an
>d can't figure out what the problem is.  I'm also getting sick of pushing my ca
>r everywhere.  It's kind of embarrasing to be pushing you Audi :-(
>     Well, I was just wondering if any of you had any simmilar experiences and
>figured out what the problem was.  Or, if any of you techno-wizzards just happe
>n to know what the problem is, or might be.  I would appreciate any information
>or reccomendations.  TIA.
>                                               Later,
>                                                Dan

Richard Funnell,
San Jose, California
'83 urQ
'87 560 SL