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1981 vw diesel pickup,ignition switch problem?

Turn key on and lights briefly flash, go off, and nothing.
No noise, no click, nothing.
Tried jumping it and same.
Then it miraculously starts but not again.
Checked fuses.


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  • azurite Apr 13, 2009




    pnwbbgdog,



    have you found a solution yet? If so, please share.



    I'm dealing with the same issue on my 81 vw diesel pickup. I had a
    similar problem occur about a year ago. It turned out to be the glow
    plug fusible link located in the engine side of the firewall.



    Thinking it might be the same problem, I inspected the link, tightened
    screws--- but alas, still no luck. Fuses, battery cables, grounds look
    good. I'm not so savvy in the electrical department, welcome to any
    suggestions.



    Thanks!





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Make sure to check all of the connections from your battery to the starter and especially check the ground and the body to engine ground.

This is usually the problem.

Thanks,

Tim

Posted on May 29, 2009

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It turns out my starter was bad. I replaced the starter and it now fires up like a champ.

Thanks for the suggestions, Tim.

Any thoughts on loss of acceleration (falling out of gear?). The problem is most noticeable while driving up hills.

If I give it too much gas it just revs; laying off the pedal gets it back in gear but makes it tricky to get up steep inclines and maintain a reasonable mph.

I had my transmission overhauled last year after similar symptoms manifested. The cable coming off the accelerator pedal appears quite slack and actually came disconnected from the pedal yesterday while shifting gears.

Frustrated and hoping I don't need to drop hundreds more dollars into the transmission I just had fixed,

Luke


Posted on May 29, 2009

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