Start gone

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Fri Jun 20 12:29:01 EDT 2003

On the coolent leak, check the return hose from the turbo that runs into the
thermostat housing.


> From: "Tom Mullane" <tmullane at>
> Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2003 12:34:42 -0400
> To: <200q20v at>
> Subject: Start gone
> Folks,
> Two days ago, after sitting for a week, the 200 turned over very slowly
> before firing.  In a hurry at the time, I assumed the battery would charge
> up on my drive to work and all would return to normal.  I was wrong.  When I
> got out of work and went to start the car, I got dash lights, but nothing
> from the starter; no turn, no click, no nothing.  I pop-started the car in
> the parking garage and drove home.
> Investigating further, I have plenty of power; enough to run the wipers.
> lights, rear defogger, etc; clearly not a battery issue.  I assumed that the
> cable splice in the passenger's footwell was to blame.
> I almost started by tearing apart the interior, but decided to have a look
> at the starter connects first.  Everything looked OK...until a touched the
> fire that connects the solenoid to the starter motor.  I just feel to the
> ground.  Hmmm.
> I had an old VW Quantum starter laying around, so in 20 minutes, the car was
> back in working order.  What did I learn?
> I learned that, while this forum and associated websites can be
> indispensable, there is no substitute for diagnosis.
> I learned that VW Quantum starters fit 20v turbos.
> I learned that I have a small coolant leak somewhere by the t-stat (Joy!)
> Tom Mullane
> 91 200Q
> 91CQ
> 99A6Q
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