starter inconsistency

alancordeiro at alancordeiro at
Mon Dec 17 17:28:20 PST 2007


My starter died a year and a half ago..I verified it was not the solenoid 
wire by hooking
up a battery positive to the start I ordered a 
rebuilt starter and when it arrived, I swapped it in.

After the job was complete, tested, ...I gave the old one a quick look, and 
discovered the
copper braid going from the heavy secondary terminal of the solenoid into 
the motor housing
had corroded to where it had gone open circuit. The braid had no insulation, 
was bare exposed
in a to the elements in a small section.

A simple wire replacement could have fixed my problem....however, I had a 
starter already installed and I gave the old one in for the core 

Perhaps this is what is ailing your starter..I know we live in very similar 
(winter) corrosive


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kneale Brownson" <knealeski at>
To: <200q20v at>; <quattro at>
Sent: Monday, December 17, 2007 3:26 PM
Subject: starter inconsistency

> 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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