[Vwdiesel] Still having starting issues with the 82 vanagon diesel

LBaird119 at aol.com LBaird119 at aol.com
Wed Sep 16 18:54:34 PDT 2009

In a message dated 9/16/2009 11:42:23 AM Pacific Daylight Time, 
dieselwesty at yahoo.com writes:

> I do not understand why heat is effecting things, but is surely is.

  Heat affects how much current the starter needs, sometimes.  It 
can also affect the resistance in a corroded connection.  
  Indeed, check that the shutoff solenoid isn't falling shut while 
cranking (it really shouldn't since it takes little to keep it open) and 
check V drop through the wires to the start post of the solenoid.  
Realize you have two, long wires in that setup.  From Bat. to the 
switch then switch to solenoid.  Check your V drop by connecting 
your meter to the battery and the starter end of the start wire.
  Be sure the power TO the switched side of your start relay is 
substantial enough for no V drop and that SHOULD Fix the problem. 
Heck, put the relay near the starter and pull switched power for it 
from the starter end of the battery + wire!  Use a 14ga or larger wire 
and you should be fine.  Then any drop from your start wire won't 
happen due to the low draw of the relay.

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