FW: Ignition Switch Failure Mode - BIG RED BUTTON

Peter Golledge petergolledge at gmail.com
Fri Jun 19 13:39:46 PDT 2009

The contacts for the crank part of the ignition switch are a known weak
point in Type 44 and other Audi products.

Wired around the switch on the LT-1Q some 7 years ago, the Audi switch
lasted no time at all driving the solenoid on the Toyota starter.  Guess I
can't be too hard on Audi for not driving for truly unplanned for
configuration. :-)

Kennedy used a 4runner starter with the adapter kit for the Chevy V8 to bolt
to the standard Audi trans.  This starter is an amazing bit of work, Dupree
and I initially used a toggle and I drove around for 10 minutes with the
starter going.  Not my finest hour.  After a rebuild the same starter is
going strong years later. :-)

So the moral of the tale.... use a push button.  I found an old "Video Game"
style big red button and mounted where the seat heater switch used to be.
Qship and others have been wiring around the switch for years so there is a
track record for this fix. 

-----Original Message-----
From: quattro-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:quattro-bounces at audifans.com] On
Behalf Of kneale at knitknacks.com
Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 1:22 PM
To: hayesmyers at gmail.com; geraintlloyd_qc at yahoo.ca; quattro at audifans.com
Subject: RE: FW: Ignition Switch Failure Mode - BIG RED BUTTON

I get a no crank sometimes...back off the switch and on again and it will
crank/start.  I bought the electrical portion of the assembly but have not
changed. I'm debating and leaning towards going to a dual toggle switch
configuration... turn the key to unlock the steering column, then switch one
toggles to ON position, with 2nd switch to toggle the starter.... I hope I
find some big red button I can use that will make things look cool as well.
(some sort of ejection button or the like..or what mad max would pull on his
car to give boost).  

If you do bypass the ignition switch electrics, don't use a toggle for the
starter.  Use  pushbutton because you might toggle it on when the engine is
running and ruin the starter or the flywheel or both.

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