[Vwdiesel] Starting problem: '85 Jetta 1.6L non-turbo

mark shepherd mark at shepher.fsnet.co.uk
Sat Mar 15 09:50:06 PDT 2008

I agree that there may be other poor connection issues with slow cranking, 
but good glowplugs can hide a multitude of sins. My 'Q' will start after one 
or 2 revs but if I forget to wait a few seconds first; then it takes longer 
to crank. Same for 1 dead plug. So if I had one dead plug and it cranked 
slowly, starting would take significantly longer. Then battery issues can 
come in. Before I bought this gel battery the old battery would crank well 
for about 15 cranks and then start to lose power. However as it normally 
started easily and over here we tend to go only as cold as -3 or 4 deg C I 
could get away with it!
All I'm saying is check glowplugs first as it's so easy[ish]
----- Original Message ----- 
From: <LBaird119 at aol.com>
To: <vwdiesel at vwfans.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2008 6:40 AM
Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] Starting problem: '85 Jetta 1.6L non-turbo

> In a message dated 3/14/2008 7:07:53 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> iatse321 at yahoo.com writes:
>> After being driven, for even a short distance, and
>> after the engine is shut off, it is hard to re-start,
>> and sometimes will not crank, as if the battery is
>> weak.
>> This happens when the glow plug indicator does not
>> light up, as if the car is warm enough to start
>> without the glow plugs heating up.
>  Since cranking speed is slow, it doesn't sound like it's gp
> related.  Either coincendental or the lack of power keeps
> the gp relay from working correctly.
>  If you have a DMM or VOM then turn on heater, lights,
> etc and check "across" your pos and ground connections
> from the battery to the engine/body at each connection
> and length of wire.  You could use the amps or volt scales
> I believe  (it's been a while since I tried it.)  Otherwise you
> can simply loosen, clean and reconnect the connections
> starting with the most likely culprit, the battery terminals.
>  Might be a good time to upgrade those battery cables to
> 6V spec cables.  :-)
>     Loren
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