starter inconsistency

Bernie Benz b.benz at
Mon Dec 17 12:34:31 PST 2007

Likely the battery.

On Dec 17, 2007, at 12:26 PM, Kneale Brownson wrote:

> Saturday a.m., when our ambient temperatures were in the low single  
> digits, I went to start our 200q20v avant and only heard a click.   
> Sounded like the starter solenoid click.  So I had to take the  
> wife's V8 to the ski hill because our spare V8 needs a new fuel  
> line and our 200q20v has summer tires and no insurance because I've  
> been planning to spend the winter working on the tired old (280K  
> miles) suspension bits.  Today I'm getting ready to bumpstart the  
> avant with a tractor so I could drive it onto my hoist to check on  
> the starter wiring and/or pull the starter, and I was putting the  
> key in the ignition so she can turn it on and let the clutch out as  
> I'm pulling the car, and just decided to try it.  Started right  
> up.  Restarted a bit later OK too.
>   So is it the starter on its last legs or bad wiring?  Would the  
> cold affect the wiring or is it more likely old, dried lube inside  
> the starter?
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