knealeski at sbcglobal.net
Mon Dec 17 17:36:30 PST 2007
I'd forgotten that I polished, dielectric greased and/or replaced the wiring to the starter while it was out a year ago as part of my clutch replacement on that car, so the wiring still looks pretty good. The starter looked a little shoddy, with corrosion all around its case and a very black braided ground strap, so I replaced it with a refurbished starter I've had on the shelf in the barn. I'll take the one I removed to my favorite Bosch service center (I know, Bernie, I know) to have them go through it. I'm not into rebuilding starters and alternators myself, because I can't do nearly as good a job as this shop has done for me over many years.
Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
Brett Dikeman <brett at cloud9.net> wrote:
On Dec 17, 2007, at 3:34 PM, Bernie Benz wrote:
> Likely the battery.
If it clicks and various accessories work, it's most certainly not the
battery. Clicking means it is not the ignition switch.
A more likely culprit is the copper strap from the solenoid to the
starter. It's well known to corrode and fail on almost every 5-
cylinder Audi/VW built. If you install a new/rebuilt starter, paint
the cable- heavily.
Another possibility is a dead-spot on the starter rotor, or damaged
commutator. The cable is easy enough to visually inspect.
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