How to replaco the starter on 1998 beetle


Asked by Jun 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM about the 1998 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr STD Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Yesterday morning my car started a little rough, meaning it seemed to struggle a bit as
it started. When I left work it started fine, I stopped at a store on the way home and it
started fine leaving there. Today I get out to start it and it sounds like it tries to turn
over twice then I get clicking. Even when trying to jump it I get the same thing.

Pretty confident it's the starter but I am by no means a car guy. I would like instuctions
on how to remove my starter and a diagram to show starter location similar to a
serpentine belt diagram if anyone has one.

Can't really afford to tow it and pay a mechanic so any help would be greatly


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yes, well this may not be the starter, but getting the right amount of cranking amps to it...the battery should be newer than five~...else get a new one...the black cable what connects to the battery also connects to the chassis/ground...this connection needs to be mended with a coarse wirebrush... and the 1/0 cable connection to the engine block as well...that way you can pull the needed 300 CCA needed for a reliable start~

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Thanks, I'll clean the terminals off and see if that helps.

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yes the other end of the cable---not necessarily the clamps side, the horrible corroded connection to frame/chassis~...that awful one...wirebrush it clean...take of the bolt if you can---get it metal to metal...that's the key~


No dice now all it does is click.

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...okay maybe it is the starter motor....juice it with 12 volts then take it off and bench test it (kind of a pain on beetles) if it's a no-go~....still maintain your ground is iffy...not helping...the negative ground of the battery isn't being handed to the starter with sufficient amperage~....assuming a NEW healthy battery is at play here~


Pulling starter now, it's a lovely roll in the park on a new beetle. lol I'll let you know. Thanks for the help!

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they'll put in on their load tester over at most parts stores...NAPA will test the prob...anxious to sell you another~


LOL, murphy is a bastard. Starter tested fine, after all that it ended up being the battery. Anyone want to buy a 1998 beetle? lol

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think I may have asked about this in the first hoo-ha...clearly the judge has problems communicating~

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