I’m an amateur struggling with the starter of my car. I drive a 1998 VW New Beetle, TDI with a manual transmission. The battery died in a cold spell in December and stayed dead until I finally got a jump late January. But ever since then, the starter’s been acting up. Now it’s to the point where it just plain won’t try to start. I step on the clutch and crank the key, but I don’t even hear a repeated “tic”–nothing whatsoever. It has no problem starting when I push it and pop the clutch, though.
I dug out the starter and brought it to AutoZone…worked perfectly on their bench, three times. I put it back in my car, and it worked perfectly–once. Now we’re back to hearing nothing whatsoever…
My best thought is maybe it doesn’t recognize that the clutch is all the way out?
If it helps, I live in a cold, wet place so the car is constantly moist and freeze/thawing.