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Date:         Mon, 10 Jul 2006 11:23:53 -0700
Reply-To:     Michael Diehr <md03@XOCHI.COM>
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From:         Michael Diehr <md03@XOCHI.COM>
Subject:      Wont crank if voltage <= 12.0
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My 85 vanagon has developed a problem where the engine won't crank at all when the starter battery voltage has dropped to about 1/2 charge or around 12.0 volts. When you turn the key, there is a "click" and you can hear the voltage drop a little, but the starter doesn't move at all. I've verified this behavior with two different batteries, and checked all the battery connections.

Is this a known failure mode of the starter or starter solenoid?


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