It can, but not probable. In my experience (17 years now) with Volkswagons, of which I have owned a few 82's, what is more than likely causing your problem is a faulty ground wire, probably at the starter/battery connection or at the trans-mount area....both are notorious for the wire grounds to rust completely thru...Hope this helps!
Either the ign. switch is faulty, or the starter is faulty Or the starter solenoid is stuck closed, so the starter is constantly engaged and getting voltage from starter relay. If so you would need to replace the solenoid.
Could be low battery voltage, a poor connection(s) of wires, a bad starter, or a faulty solenoid.
fault starter/cable, faulty solenoid, faulty wiring harness, or undercharged battery.
Check that battery volts are at least 11.8, and terminals are tight. Check for same voltage at starter when key is turned. - If no volts at the starter, the solenoid is faulty. If there is a charge at the starter and it does nothing then it, or it's ground are faulty.
Poor battery condition. Loose and/or dirty battery connections. Faulty starter relay. Faulty starter solenoid. Faulty starter.
First check both connections at the battery and if connections are good then it would be a faulty starter solenoid.ANS 2 - If it clicks that's usually a sign the solenoid IS working, but voltage is not getting to the starter. This can be a loose or oily connection at the starter, a worn or ineffective Bendix spring, or a burnt out starter. Even a starter not making good ground to the engine block can cause this symptom.
This is usually a sign that your battery is dead or close to it. sometimes it can be a faulty starter though or even starter solenoid/relay.
A low or dead battery. Loose or dirty battery cable connections. Faulty starter. Faulty starter solenoid.
Not much info to go on. Is the starter cranking the engine?
One of two things can cause this clicking without a response from the starter, 1 the contacts inside the solenoid are burned or dirty and 2 the starter itself is faulty. The starter solenoid is mounted on the starter. I would assume that this is where the click is coming from there are two large terminals on this solenoid. One is the Battery power direct from the battery and the second is the output to the starter motor. The solenoid is basicaly and electromagnetic switch or relay that makes contact between that battery and the starter when you turn the key. Take a piece of heavy duty wire or a screwdriver and bridge the two bolts on the solenoid where the terminals are afixed , if the starter then turns you can be sure that the solenoid is faulty If the stater does not turn when bridging these two points then you can be sure that there is a fault in the starter motor Hope this is of help
Remove the starter and take it to your local auto parts store for testing.
bad battery. bad ignition switch bad solenoid or the new starter is faulty,has been known to happen
Take it off the vehicle. Put it in a vice. Get a battery charger. Attach the positive cable to the large post on the back of the starter solenoid. Attach the black post to a ground point. Take a test lead or screwdriver and make a closed circuit between the large post at the back of the solenoid and the small one. If it functions as it should normally, it might be fine. If not, you know it's faulty. If the starter engages the flywheel briefly, but then spins freely, your solenoid is going bad.
Look for a loose or corroded battery cable connection or a faulty starter solenoid/relay switch.
A single click and no crank usually indicates a loose battery cable or a faulty starter relay/solenoid.
If you're implying that it engages without you turning the key, the problem is one of the following: * a faulty wire somewhere, * the starter solenoid was connected wrong * or the solenoid return spring has broken.
Several possibilities: 1) battery does not have enough voltage to turn the starter; 2) faulty starter motor; bad battery connection.
There could be more than one reasons. Applied voltage may not be 118 volts. Solenoid valve may have been stuck mechanically. Solenoid coil could be faulty, partially short.
If it is a single click, the problem is either a loose battery cable or a faulty starter relay/solenoid. If the symptom is rapid clicking, the battery is probaly low.
Provided the starter drive is not spun, one of the following areas is probably at fault. A weak battery A poor, or loose connection (at battery, or solenoid / starter). Dirty or rusted starter drive splines. Possibly, but not probable, a faulty starter.
2 POSSIBILLITIES...BATTERY NOT HOLDING FULL CHARGE OR STARTER MOTOR SOLENOID FAULTY.
The starter solenoid and/or drive pinion is engaging, but the starter motor itself is not turning. Battery is out of charge/faulty or engine has seized.
Sounds like the starter solenoid is sticking, could be faulty. You might have to pull it out and bench test it. First put a multimeter or test light on the starter solenoid wire (without it being connected to the starter) and check that it stops supplying power when you switch the key off to make sure you don't have any wiring issues.
You may also have a faulty starter solenoid or starter Your battery is low, or you have a bad connection in your cables. -I would try to charge your battery first, but if that doesn't help then go ahead and have your starter looked at! :)
A single click and no response from the starter usually indicates a faulty starter relay/solenoid switch. It could also be a loose connection on the battery cable.