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Jump start an 1991 audi

I can jump start my audi 1991, by getting 12 volts to the solenoid cable. To save on the cost of a new ignition barrell i wondered if i can connect to the barrell exit cables, or ?? and have a new switch to start the car. it is not worth the $400 for a new barrell.
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  • david_radfor Feb 22, 2009

    If I remove the lower dash covering the ignition switch, is it easy to identify the "starter terninal on the igntition switch" ?

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Reasonably simple to put in a new switch, connected to cables coming out of the ignition switch. the problem is common, the alow metal 'tang' that actually turns the electrical switch had broken off. i now have some german glue that can fix this. getting the ignition assembly and switch out is not trivial, a local electrical place did that for me. with the switch part pulled out, we can start the car with anything, and with the key in the ignition to unlock the steering the car is drivable. to be sold 'as is'

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Connect a 30 amp wire to the starter terminal on the ignition switch and put a switch in the dash with a live to it. to start the car put the ignition on and put the switch on, the car should start

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