[Vwdiesel] Vanagon Diesel Starter replacement
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.
On Mon, 2005-05-23 at 09:35 -0700, jon wrote:
> 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 )
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