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Old November 16th, 2008, 10:17 AM
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'83 starter motor wiring / relay?

So I had a strange thing happen in cranking my '83 diesel - the engine continued to crank when the key was released. Luckilly - the battery was a little flat as the kids had been playing inside it and left the lights on, such that the engine didn't have enough energy to actually fire.

I also happened to have the battery box open, so it only took me 30 secs or so to disconnect the battery.

After re-touching the battery terminal, it was all normal again.

So i pulled the wiring diagram out, took off the dash to look at the ignition switch, and it was this point that I concluded my '83 must have started life as a 2.25 gas, not a diesel.

Reason I conclude this, is because the diesel versions have a wire from the ignition switch straight to the starter; the gas versions run the switch to a relay, then to the starter. Also, the heater idiot light on the dash was not factory wiring.

So what I can't figure out is why do it differently? And surely the diesel would be the one you'd want to put through a relay with it's heavier starter ciircuit demand?

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Old November 16th, 2008, 10:40 AM
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this happened on my 200 tdi and it was the starter solenoid.
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