[T3] Mystery No Start

Jim Adney jadney at vwtype3.org
Wed Nov 2 05:16:55 PDT 2016

On 1 Nov 2016 at 23:47, J. Jonik wrote:

> > '71 Sqbk FI Std.
> > 30 mile trip in rain, wipers and lights on.=A0 Turned car off to unload =
> things at home.=A0 After 2 minutes, car wouldn't start...like no battery..=
> .only noise the FI relay thing. But headlights were fine.=A0=A0 Pushed car=
>  into slight down-hill parking spot.=A0=A0 Snugged up all relevant wires, =
> moved and re-tightened pos and neg on battery (and neg to ground), and gra=
> vity test had battery being ok.=A0=A0 Still dead. Luck had it that a neigh=
> bor, very soon, said he had a battery charger....or "booster"...the kind, =
> about size of a toaster, that you just need to clamp to the battery to jum=
> p it.=A0=A0 Miracle device...never used one before. (His thing also could =
> do air for tires.)
> > 
> > Car started right up.=A0=A0 Started again (without help) a few hours lat=
> er.=A0=A0 Started again the next day and all six days since then.=A0=A0 Au=
> to Store ran battery test today. Battery good.=A0 But, when will that oddi=
> ty happen again?=A0 A once-in-lifetime fluke?
> > 
> > So....what happened?=A0 Can a fault in wiper motor, with (or without) li=
> ghts on, do some dirty trick?=A0 Is there a way to test if wiper or lights=
>  are messed up somehow?
> > A clue to something?=A0 Just before that 30 mile return trip, for a brie=
> f moment, the wipers got Very Slow, almost stuck...then returned to normal=
> .=A0 But car started ok after that.

It won't have anything to do with the wiper motor. If you hear the 
solenoid thunk then it's a starter problem. If you don't hear the 
solenoid, it's the starter or the ignition switch or the battery or 
the wiring in between.  

Jim Adney, jadney at vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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