starter problem turned into...its not running & i can't figure out why

Asked by Jan 04, 2008 at 04:12 AM about the 1969 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

So as my first car i bought a used 1969 beetle...its nice to drive =P
BUT...once i really need it, i ran into problems and now we can't figure out whats wrong with it nor do i have the money or transportation to be taking it to mechanics especially when once i know whats wrong and what to do, i have car oriented people to help me.

1) starter goes out
  -bought a new starter and replaced it
2) rebuilt starter had a bad cylanoid
  -exchanged starters
3) battery was dead
  -charged battery
4) cylanoid was locked up
  -someone hit the starter while another tried to start it
5) S.O.L. with no ideas left but to check the fuses but we can't test them and get a few people together at the same time to try and push start it...

any other ideas?

3 Answers


do you have current at the starter?to disengage sel just push the car backwards that should release it.after that try turn key and listen for a click in starter thats the selinoid activating you may have 2 bad starter selinoids.


Wouldn't be the first time I've seen rebuilt/new parts which were bad out of the box. I would try to check for current at the starter as Ryan suggested.


I had the same problem. The wire From the ignition going to the starter came unplugged under the hood just behind the dashboard. It is a big red wire. I searched for 3 days tracing wires and all that before I found the unplugged wire.

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