Starter Problems?

Kneale Brownson kneale at
Sun Dec 11 05:22:13 EST 2005

I'd start by checking out the wiring at the starter itself.  There's the
big wire that carries power to operate the starter and there's the little
wire that comes from the switch to tell the starter to start operating.
The former can have corroded contacts and the latter can deteriorate
internally because Audi seems to use starter wires whose insulation isn't
very good considering the environment it works in.

At 04:56 PM 12/10/2005 -0800, Derek Pulvino wrote:
>What a week...people start talking about heater problems, my heater goes 
>south, and now...with no warning my starter has also elected to take a nap.
>Battery is fine with 12-volts on the meter.  Radio and lights work, but turn 
>the key and no cranking what so ever.  Able to start it by pushing, or was 
>able to start it by pushing.  My parking spot is at the bottom of a one way 
>drive; so I'm (or at least my car is) stranded until this is repaired.  It 
>would appear to be starter, or maybe solenoid related.  Whatever it is, I 
>had no warning signs for the starter problem.  Worked and then didn't.
>Any info or similar experience?  Could it be a relay problem (load reduction 
>relay)?.  I figure I'll double check connections, and make sure I have 
>12-volts, beyond that I'm ready to assume replacement/rebuild time for the 
>What say ye all?
>Derek P
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