Ignition Switch doesn't engage starter?

Grant Lenahan glenahan at fastmail.fm
Thu Jun 15 21:43:50 EDT 2006

These switches fail frequently.  I've done 4 on my mom's 1995 A6Q.  One 
after 6-7 years.  Another after an additional 15-18 months. Another 
after 6 more months. The final one is now approaching its first 
birthday.  Hopefully this one will see many parties.

Make sure the wires in the harness, whcih are bent at a 90 deg angle to 
mate to the socket, are not broken.

Its 99% likely its yet another switch, on its way to that great switch 
junkyard in the sky.

On Jun 15, 2006, at 2:57 PM, Duane, Andrew wrote:

> My mother's 1997 A4 has been having a frustrating problem lately. It's
> almost like the ignition switch doesn't rotate far enough to engage the
> "START" function sometimes. 9 out of 10 times, it starts just fine. The
> 10th time, it takes 4 or 5 tries to get the starter to go.
> The ignition switch has been replaced twice (as have the battery 
> cables,
> battery, and starter motor), but the problem persists. Is there a
> possibility that whatever is behind the switch is slightly bent or
> something? Or are all of the mechanical parts inside the switch itself?
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