[200q20v] general starter Q

DAK dak-ignore at rochester.rr.com
Mon May 7 02:34:55 EDT 2001

To follow up on my starter... for those interested in such things...

I bought a brush set for $20 from a local re-builder. I also got a new 
ring gear for $10 (installed!).
As has been described before, the starter was easy to remove. It was 
also easy to disassemble the motor part (not the solenoid). Installing 
new brushes is simple. Just be sure to attach the end plate to the shaft 
and brushes before sliding it into the housing. This keeps the brushes 
on the commutator (which is where they should be :-))
After putting it back in the car, it fired right up!

After wasting money on a new alternator several years ago (when I knew 
it just had a bad diode), and seeing how easy this type of repair is, 
I'll never spring for a new alternator or starter again! (knock on wood...)

Thanks to all for the feedback!


PS. the place I went for parts was Masters on Stone Road. Great guys 
there! (in Rochester, NY)
If someone wants to order parts from there, send me mail and I'll get 
the phone #

Chris Covington wrote:

> I had that same problem about a year ago, and a local parts place had a
> rebuilt starter in stock that had the solenoid, etc. rebuilt on it as
> well.  It was only $120 I believe.
> Chris
> '91 2cq
> On Sun, 8 Apr 2001, DAK wrote:
>> A question that probably pertains to many audis (if not other makes).
>> The little braided connection from the solenoid to the starter has 
>> fallen apart. (hence the no-start condition!)
>> It looks like it runs right into the starter itself. Seems like this 
>> provides power from the solenoid to the starter motor itself. Any ideas 
>> on fixing this in-situ? I could take the motor out and have it fixed by 
>> a starter refurb place.
>> David
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