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1988 5KSQ in Manhattan Won't Start
Any recommendations for troubleshooting a "no start" condition for this
car? Any anomalies peculiar to this car for which I should check before
the usual troubleshooting procedures? The battery is good, and the starter
cranks the engine over. However, the engine won't catch - not even a cough
or sputter. The car has been sitting for 3 days in a very humid and wet
atmosphere. I tried cranking for about 3 hours (off and on). The battery
is getting weaker. I won't try it again for awhile. As you can tell from
my description, I suspect electrical - no spark. Is this car known for
this condition? The forecast here is for rain and humidity for the next
I am at a disadvantage here. Away from home, no tools, no battery charger,
no helper. The car is on the street, and alternate side parking rules are
in effect. But I won't need to move the car now until Tuesday, May 12 at 8
AM. The NYPD is very insistent on this point.
I might be able to scrounge up some basic tools and an inexperienced
assistant. But I won't have much of an opportunity to play around with a
low battery, little or no tools, and no experience with this car (I am a
Where is a good place to start? I will probably do the inside of the
distributor and its cap and the spark plug wires with WD-40.
Any recommendations on service near Manhattan's Upper East Side? The
Yellow Pages list an Audi dealer, Zumbach Motors, on West 54th. The Yellow
Pages also list a repair shop, Golf Auto Repair, one block from the car.
They advertise that they specialize in Audis.
Any advice would greatly be appreciated.