[A4] trouble starting

Kent McLean kentmclean at mindspring.com
Sat Mar 4 03:59:31 EST 2006

Go Cubs wrote:
> No. the engine does not crank. No clicking sound when I turn the key.
> The  only time I got the engine cranking was when I pumped the gas,
> but this took  a while to get it going. headlights are fine.

Hmm.  Pumping the gas pedal should not have anything to do with
it.  If the engine won't crank (turn over), then the fuel pump won't
pump fuel, and there would be no fuel to inject, no matter how 
much you pump the pedal.

If the headlight are "fine", meaning very bright, that would rule
out a dead battery.  But a dead battery would have been my
first guess. Do you have a volt meter to test the battery voltage?

On the older Audis (and maybe the A4s, now that they are getting
older, too), the ignition switches are known to fail.  Turning the
key would have no effect.  If the car was a Type 44 or a C4, that
would be my next guess. But given Audi's history with switches,
it may still be the switch.

Do you have access to a VAG-COM tester?  Maybe a Chicago
area lister (assuming it's Chicago, based on the email address)
can pull the diagnostic codes for you.

Kent McLean
'94 100 S Avant, "Moody"
'89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy" up in smoke

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