The other starter anomaly

Schaible, David David.Schaible at
Mon Mar 3 06:44:55 PST 2008

I had the exact same symptoms earlier this winter, cleaned all
connections etc. I wound up changing the starter and it's been fine

It seemed like there was some issue with a connection inside the
starter, mine got to where you couldn't even jump it....but 3 minutes
with the heat gun on the solenoid it would fire right up.

Last time this happened on my other avant, I replaced the braided ground
strap with a wire and got another 18 months out of it, that was a waste
of time. 

-----Original Message-----
From: Kneale Brownson [mailto:knealeski at] 
Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2008 6:04 AM
To: Kent McLean; 200q20v at
Cc: Kneale Brownson
Subject: Re: The other starter anomaly

Switch is OEM (275K miles) and has been no problem ever before.  The
thing is,  it works every time when the battery is charged fully.  Does
that make sense?   

Kent McLean <kentmclean at> wrote:  Kneale Brownson wrote:
> Went to start the 200q20v sedan to drive across town because it's been
> sitting about a week in sub-zero temperatures. No starting activities.
> No clicks, nothing. But the blower fan and dash lights all show
> (climate control on defrost). So I turn the key again and wiggle a
> tad and get starter action.

My guess would be the ignition switch -- my red flag being that you
wiggled the 
key to get it back to life. When was the switch replaced last (if ever)?

Kent McLean
'99 A4 Avant, w/ quattro, V6, Tiptronic, :)
'94 100 S Avant, "Moody"
'91 200 TQA #1, undecided
'91 200 TQA #2, up in smoke 2
'89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy", up in smoke
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