Starter Problems?

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Mon Dec 12 02:47:35 EST 2005

Right on, Kneale.

Put 12V to the small terminal.  Should at least hear the solenoid click.  If
so, its the starter switch or wiring.  If not, pull the starter to find out
why not.


> From: Kneale Brownson <kneale at>
> 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:
>> Gang,
>> 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
>> starter.
>> What say ye all?
>> Derek P
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