[Vwdiesel] New no-start issue

Kneale Brownson knealeski at sbcglobal.net
Sat Jun 21 11:15:24 PDT 2008

Turned out to be the battery ground cable.  Both ends were stiff with corrosion.  I had to cut the battery end back about 7.5 cm to get to almost clean strands.  Pix at  http://www.pbase.com/kneale_brownson/image/98998452
  The Engine end was clean after about 3 cm trimming.
  Also discovered the ground clamp on the battery is all but toast.   Does a new OEM clamp come with a complete new cable?  Where would I source that for this 1994 Canadian diesel since the US sources all seem to skip over those model years when VW wasn't bringing its diesels to the US?

Matt <matt_lisa at sprynet.com> wrote:
  Make sure the battery terminals are tight. You're losing power 
somewhere. Can you jumper the starter directly from the battery? 
Does it kick over? (Make sure to have it out of gear!)

And to answer your question, yes, I lost the idiot lights. The ground 
terminal on the battery had some corrosion and was loose at the time.

On Jun 20, 2008, at 4:28 PM, Kneale Brownson wrote:

> Tried cleaning the engine ground. Didn't help. Any other 
> suggestions?
> Kneale Brownson wrote:
> Did you lose the dash idiot lights when you turned the key, Matt? 
> I've cleaned the battery terminals recently, but not the ground to 
> the engine. I'll be tackling that soon.
> Matt_Lisa wrote: Sounds like corrosion on your grounds to me. I've 
> had a similar experience, where the car would not turn over to save 
> its life. After cleaning up the battery terminals, all of a sudden, 
> things started working (idiot lights, starter, etc).
> Good luck!
> -Matt
> http://matt_lisa.home.sprynet.com/

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