200Q won't crank

Fred Munro munrof at sympatico.ca
Sat Mar 10 06:30:37 EST 2001

Hi Calvin;

My guess is your battery is toast - clue is voltmeter dropping to zero under
starter load. A quick test is to pop the caps off the battery and test each
cell by dipping multimeter probes into the electrolyte of adjacent cells.
The voltage differential should be around 2 volts. Test the end cells with
one probe on the terminal, the other in the electrolyte. You'll probably
find one or more dead cells. A battery with one dead cell will not turn over
the engine.


Fred Munro
'94 S4  126k km

----- Original Message -----
From: "Calvin Krug" <ckrug at laf.cioe.com>
To: "Quattro list" <quattro at audifans.com>
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2001 11:23 PM
Subject: 200Q won't crank

> Yeah, it's me again.  My 200 has occasionally been hard to start, and
> then this morning, it wouldn't start at all.  After trying for a few
> minutes, it wouldn't even turn over.  Even with the battery charger
> set on START, it would only click. Charged it all day, still no go,
> Ignition on, the volt gauge shows 12 volts, when the fuel pump turns
> on, it drops to about 11, and when I turn the key, it falls all the
> way.  I'm thinking maybe the starter has shorted out, since it's had
> to work a lot this winter, and the car had at one point had leaked a
> lot of oil on it.  So, do you think my guess is right, or is it
> something else entirely?  Help me get her fixed, so I don't have to
> bum rides from my friends with american cars.
> Calvin Krug
> --
>   I assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that
> are someone else's fault.

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