It did'nt crank/start :(

Huw Powell audi at
Fri Mar 3 00:34:14 EST 2006

> I ran home from work yesterday to start my freshly
> detailed/painted engine on my'86 5KTQ but it did not
> crank.
> Good thing "nosy neighbors" were not around, or else I
> would have spent the night in jail.
> I'm hoping that is something as simple as a bad ground
> due to maybe paint in betwen sheet metal, such as in
> the starter connection. 

That's a good place to start, besides making sure the starter 
connections are set up right.

> Any other critical ground and
> or + connection I should look besides that of the
> starter and little ground strap to hooks up to the
> driver-side alumium engine mount?

Well, besides the starter and alternator, which ground to the block, 
there is usually a heavy ground attached to a tranny bolt (type 44 might 
be different?).  The tranny should ground to the engine.  There are 
usually some brown ECU wires grounded to the intake manifold.  The OXS 
heater ground is via the exhaust system to the head (on 3 wire OXS). 
Most of the block/head mounted sensors are grounded through the block 
and head, too.

Does that "little ground strap" to the engine mount look heavy enough to 
be the return path for the starter current?  Is the engine mount well 
grounded to the block?

Anyway, that's all I can think of right off the top of my head.

Huw Powell

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