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Starter Failure I was recently driving my 1996 Cab. v6 audi and had the car suddenly **** with the power flashing on/off. Immediately pulled over and turned the car off. Upon attempting to restart, nothing happed (although power throughout the car worked). Upon evaluation, it was determined the starter shorted out so this was replaced. Upon picking it up, drove for a day with no problems. Then daughter drove and got stuck in stop/go traffic. All of a sudden, smoke came from under the hood so she pulled over and turned the car off. The car dead not overheat but rather the smoke was something related to an electrical fire (as you could small it). Smoke was from right front side coming up from where the alternator and starter are located. Upon servicing again, it was determined the starter burned up/fired. Thinking one of the following causes: 1.) Bad starter installed. 2.) Some type of electrical problem in the car causing a surge and starter to short. 3.) Installation of new starter was not correct as connections poor, not grounded, etc. causing the starter to burn-up. Any input, ideas, experience, etc. with these problems would be greatly appreciated.

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I agree with your conclusions. I would take it back to the dealer. If it's an Audi dealer and you get no satisfaction call the Audi Customer support folks at 1-800-822-2834

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