Bump Starting

Kneale Brownson knotnook at traverse.com
Sat Nov 30 13:29:23 EST 2002

I didn't try a jump start because in the past, when the battery has not
been up to spark potential,  the starter solenoid would click or
something.  I'm getting no indication the "start" command is going from the
ignition key to the starter.

Would the lock-out relay (the one that won't let you activate the starter
while the engine is running) cause the symptoms I've got?  Is one of the
relays under the dash a potential suspect?

At 09:17 AM 11/30/2002 -0500, Ingo Rautenberg wrote:
>Don't know how things turned out, but I wouldn't hesitate with the bump
>starting, especially considering the dual cats and Motronic (maybe I'm just
>crazy ;-) .  So nothing changed when you attempted a jump start?  Curious.
>These cars are tough on batteries and even one that's slightly discharged or
>has a bad cell can "appear" to be good.
>Keep us appraised.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "Kneale Brownson" <knotnook at traverse.com>
>To: <200q20v at audifans.com>
>Sent: Friday, November 29, 2002 2:43 PM
>Subject: Bump Starting
> > I was thinking of bumpstarting my 200q20v with the nonresponsive starter
> > get it home to work on, but the Bentley warns against doing that.  Says
> > it's not good for the catalytic converter and "might damage other
> > parts".  I could see how a bunch of raw gas going into the cat wouldn't be
> > good for it, but my car was running great before I parked it, so I'd think
> > it would fire right up with just a couple turnovers via the gear
> > train.  What else might get damaged?  I'm thinking of towing at just a
> > couple miles an hour and letting the clutch out in fourth gear.
> >
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