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Burnt out starter motor

Discussion in 'A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)' started by AndyMac, Jul 13, 2006.

  1. AndyMac

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    Well I finally got payback for not getting my ignition barrel sorted out when it was playing up last year. Yesterday it managed to engage the starter motor while my wife was driving to pick the kids up and by the time she got there had burnt out the starter motor. The spring mechanism on the ignition coil that returns the ignition back to "ignition on" once the car is started has failed so you can take your hand off the keys and the starter motor will still be cranking (if it wasn't burnt out).
    Just waiting to see what the damage is from Autotechnik.
    Anyone had this problem and does it involve new keys or can they reprogramme it for the existing keys?
     
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    Exactly the same thing happened to me on my 1.8t. I changed the ignition barrel to find out the starter motor had also burnt out. The ignition barrel is not too bad to change (there is a good article on audiworld in the tech section). You don't need to worry about key coding, its just the plastic part that needs changing. (Incidently I also read an article that warns about having a really heavy bunch of keys which can damage the barrel).

    The starter is a bit of a pig to change but it is possible with a lot of swearing and questioning of the parentage of the Audi engineer who decided to put the starter motor in such an easy place to get too.
     
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    That's a relief thanks, I think I'll let the VAG specialist I use sort it out. I had nightmares about having to take it into Southampton Audi for key coding etc.
    Incidentally a guy from the AA warned me of heavy keys in the ignition when my brand new GTi company car's ignition barrel actually came out with the keys and you could start it with a screwdriver. Quality control anyone? (He wasn't actually suggesting that was the cause of that particular problem, just giving an example of ignition barrel problems in general)
     
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    OK had the starter motor replaced and everything is working, but the specialist I use is insisting the ignition barrel needs to be replaced requiring coding to my key (as I don't have the immobiliser code anymore). This can take 10 weeks apparently.
    Anyway not too impressed so had a look at that article on AudiWorld and wow what a great write up. Phoned Audi just now and they have the part on the shelf £21! What a result!
    Looks like I'm gonna be sweating in the footwell once again as I'd already stripped it all down to see how easy it was.
    Thanks mwarrey you may have just saved me about £150 and a £10 week wait.
     
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    Job done!
    30 minutes to get the trim & the steering wheel off and the new switch installed. Here's the old one, the collar at the top which I presume houses the return spring is completely broken off, so no wonder it was sticking on.
    Thanks again mwarrey, nice one.
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    Happy to help out.
     

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