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Starter Motor issue??? Please help!!!

Lion Heart Apr 10, 2011

  1. Lion Heart

    Lion Heart Member

    Hi guys

    We have a 2004 S4 Cabriolet and when we first got it we noticed a 'grindy' on and off noise when starting the car if you held the key fully locked for a second or so before releasing the key.

    Normally of course you don't hold the key fully locked, as you release it as soon as the motor starts.

    However, this 'grindy' noise could be heard for a split second before you release the key - and sounded AWEFUL!!!

    So, logic said starter motor (???). So we removed it, had it reconditioned with a 12 month warranty, and put it back in.

    But the noise is still there!!!

    Is there something apart from the starter motor this could be - or is it possible they screwed the recondition job?

    Has anyone else had this similar issue?

    The noise is ONLY when the engine starts and key is fully locked. As soon as you release the key the noise stops.

    It's a 2004 manual.


    Thanks guys!

    Lion Heart :meeting:
  2. Turkster

    Turkster Bro.Paul 2.5TDI Quattro Sport

    my brothers golf had a sound like that, ended up being a lot of **** around the duel mass flywheels teeth that was causing the starter to stay engaged a little longer that it should, hence the sound,

    he stated the engine, kept it running, took the starter off, and blasted a load of cleaner on the flywheel teeth at it span past the hole. he was under the car on a set of proper garage ramps that hold the car 6ft up in the air.
  3. simon.m

    simon.m Active Member

    i had this on my a4 i dont think you can take the starter motor out with the car running on the a4.s as the live wier will hit the engine for sure its very close need to take the batter off or ca boooom lol do the golf engines sit in the same way mate
  4. Lion Heart

    Lion Heart Member

    Thanks guys

    Seems logical. The starter motor stuck on once after having it reconditioned, had to quickly disconnect the battery!!!

    So yes, maybe this is the solution. Will give it a try anyway!

    Any other ideas welcome also!

    Many thanks

    Lion Heart

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