100S no start

Ed Kellock ekellock at gmail.com
Tue Dec 11 09:27:25 PST 2007

I might disagree with the ignition switch suggestion...

The headlight behavior you describe is normal.
Parking lights only without ignition on.
Headlights on with ignition in run position
Headlights out when you twist ignition to start position to give more
power to the battery.

I'd say the ignition switch knows what position it's in because some
of the right things are happening.


On 12/11/07, Kent McLean <kentmclean at comcast.net> wrote:
> Adding to my tale of Audi woes...
> This morning my 100S Avant wouldn't start.  It had been sitting for
> months while I drove my 200 TQA. On Saturday, it started right up.
> Great car. I drove it to work yesterday; no problem. Drove home; no
> problem. Went to start it this morning; problem.
> Turn the key -- nothing. Not even a click.  Giving it the headlight test
> confused me.  I turned on the headlights, and only the parking lights
> came on. I turned the key and the headlights came on. Turned the key to
> start, and the headlights went out.  AAA tried to jump start it with one
> of those portable batteries. Same behavior. I had them tow it to NEA.
> My guesses right now: bad starter (which I think I replaced within the
> past year), or bad ignition switch (which I replaced just before
> replacing the starter).
> Now I'm giving serious thought to Honda and Toyota.  Someone please tell
> me which Audi model I should get that I can count on to start and get me
> home.
> --
> Kent McLean
> '91 200 TQA #1, not for sale (not yet)
> '94 100 S Avant, "Moody" becoming "Old Faithful"
> '91 200 TQA #2, up in smoke 2
> '89 200 TQ, "Bad Puppy", up in smoke
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