[Vwdiesel] Vanagon Diesel Starter replacement

Gary Shea shea at gtsdesign.com
Mon May 23 18:51:03 EDT 2005

I posted a long and detailed set of directions for the starter on the
vanagon list years ago.  In short, you've got it right: the solenoid
grease tends to get hardened and dirty and not very greasy after a
while, and the dreaded whining-but-not-engaging starter routine begins.
The hammer works for a while, but less and less.  Fortunately, the
cleaning is ridiculously easy: pull the starter (one bolt goes all the
way through the 'firewall' and is --barely-- visible down by an intake
manifold pipe), pull the solenoid, clean, reassemble.  Don't need to
take the solenoid apart... I've done it, wasn't worth the trouble.

Good luck!


On Mon, 2005-05-23 at 09:35 -0700, jon wrote:
> Folks,
> It has comes time to replace my starter on a 1.6D Westy Vanagon. For
> awhile, it has taken 5 to 10 tries to get it to engauge, and this is
> *after* installing a "hot start" relay.
> So, I've read Bentley, etc, but I always like to get a second (and third,
> and so on) opinion. Anyone have any spiffy tips on replacing a starter?
> I imagine all I need to do is cleanup/replace the solenoid once I get it
> out. Again, any experience on this?
> (And, in other news, I just experienced the dreaded headlight switch
> meltdown. Ask me about how I used test leads to temporarily bypass the
> switch so we could get 75 miles to home, in the middle of the night. And,
> how on the same trip, the fuel filter clogged so quickly the engine died
> on the freeway. Good thing I *always* carry a spare. :-I )
> Thanks!
> Jon
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