Hello all. I have a AGU 1.8T poweres T-reg A3. Problem is the thing won't start. Heres a list of what has happened:
Car seemed to struggle to start. very slow turning starter. fired on 3rd or 4th turn until one day it didn't. RAC jump packed it and it was fine for a few weeks. At this time i found a drain on the battery which is now rectified and swapped the battery for a good spare I had.
few weeks pass. Car started struggling to start again. got worse and eventually had to be jumper packed again. All was then fine for over a month.
other day. Same again it started to stuggle to start and eventually wouldn't. Jump started it and it was back to normal again. Alternator is changing at 14.5V. 0.03A (from memory) drain on battery. I decided it was a duff battery so got another (pre cherished but fully tested)
worked for a day and died again so took things to bits. One blade fuse on top of the battery nearest the positive had blown so i replaced that. (i understand this is common and is to do with the fans?) I then cleaned all terminals from alternator, starter, chassis mount and battery. I also removed the starter and greased the shaft. oh er. Yay, it works again...for a week.
Today I started it and drove for 10 miles. stopped it and turned the key. dash lights come on, 'click' sound from engine and dash lights all go black and stereo has reset itself. tried to jump start it. No differnce. Hit starter with hammer and tried rocking in gear. no difference. Bump started it and it was fine. drove perfectly.
Parked it up...on a hill and turned the key and just as before.
My gut feeling is the starter has had it. I have a spare so will swap it tonight, but any ideas? if battery is charging, there is no drain and all termainals are cleaned and copper eased then there is not much else left. oil level is good and engine turns fine.
Thanks for any advice in advance.