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2001 TDI quit cranking during morning start

2001 Turbo diesel 1.9 Litre Went to start it Monday, started turning over but slowed down quickly as if battery was giving out, then suddenly nothing, no clicks, no turn over, nada.

Put jump starter on, would not even try to turn over. Trying to figure out how to get battery out for checking but I thought if battery was low it would still make clicking sounds or something and would fire from booster.

What could cause this? is it possible it's the starter? If it were too much compression in a piston wouldn't it still make SOME type of noise? thanks.

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Look at the fuse box on top of the battery. Check the red cable. Sometimes this will corrode away causing similar symptoms to a battery. Also, make sure all of the fuses in that box are okay. If the red cable is bad, you will need to replace that fuse box. Fairly common issue.

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The cables and fuses in this box are all good. I've removed the battery and had it tested. Now I am removing the starter. Unfortunately the power steering line bracket is hooked to the bottom bolt and a cable line bracket is hooked to the top bolt. I was hoping to not have to jack it up to get to the parts but it doesn't look as if I'll be able to remove it safely without jacking it up. I pray to God it's just a starter issue.

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The problem was the starter. The grounding strap going between the solenoid and the starter body was rotted out. We did not find this until the test. Jumpering the two points enabled a passing test.

Unfortunately both points were copper and the only way to repair it without buying a new starter is to drill out the one connector, solder out the other. replace the strap with a webbing ground strap. I did not have all the pieces to fabricate what I needed so I was forced to buy a starter. I bought one with a lifetime warranty in case this ever happens again. It's working now.

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