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Pleez help fast: 5KS No start!
>> Quick question.......My 1987 5Ks will not start. There appears to
>>plenty of juice...but nothing going to the starter, and I don't think
>>it's the shift lock...IS THERE A FUSE OR SOMETHING LIKE THE OLD FUSABLE LINK
>>SOMEWHERE IN THE CAR? Please help.
>> Paul Royal 87 5Ks 248,000 + (I hope)
Is this the starter with the integrated relay/solenoid?
On this design, the starter relay is mounted on the side of the starter
and doubles as a pre-engager, levering the starter's cog into the flywheel ring.
A very common mode of failure at high mileage is for the braided copper link
between the "normally open" contact on the solenoid/relay and the starter's
field coil to corrode through. On some starters, there's absolutely nothing
between this braided copper link and everything the environment can and does
throw at it.
It's easy to see - it bridges between the back of the solenoid and the starter
body. You can see it from underneath the car. 10 years and 248k is about
right for it to go. Failure is catastrophic - corrosion reduces the effective
cross-section available to carry the starter current until one day it goes into
I was told that this cannot be repaired because of the way the braid is welded
into the field winding, and I needed a new starter for $250. Bullshit. I cut
down into the post, pulled out the old braid, jammed a new one in, crimped it
_hard_ and soldered it with a small blowtorch. That was 30k miles ago. I used
a piece of a generic "small car" battery/chassis braid that cost around $1.
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club