As the title says, I've got an intermittent start problem in my V6 GLS sedan. It's a 5-spd manual transmission. I have tried to search for posts and got a lot of somewhat similar ones but nothing quite like mine.
So a couple of weeks ago my car wouldn't start up-this was the first time it's ever done so. I heard two clicks...then nothing. Tried over and over...and nothing. just the two clicks almost every time, if not every time. Thought my battery was fine, even though it was 3 years old, because all my dash lights, alarm, etc-everything worked battery wise..the car just wouldn't start. Now, I don't have a back up car so I would "roll-start" mine to get it goin. Not only did it fire right up...it also would keep starting really healthy time and time again after that. Then that ONE time you were in the worst spot ever, it wouldn't start again-and off I was roll-starting.
So I decided I'd go get my battery tested anyways (Advanced Auto Parts does it free and a lot better than my volt meter) The battery was old and only pushin bout 12V when the car was on so I decided to pop a fresh battery in because the analysis from the machine he had was that the starter wasn't getting enough power. This worked for a bit...but then it happened again..
Got a "new-to-me" starter from the local junkyard because I don't have $200 lying around to spend on my 213,xxx mi. car for now. They assured me it was find but I know they aren't always good. Yesterday, I put this new starter in and was super excited because not being a mechanic, this was pretty involved for me (thank god for Passat World) I'm POSITIVE I installed it properly, but it wouldn't start again. I used my volt meter to test it at the solenoid and it SEEMED to be getting enough voltage-but hey my volt meter is old and I'm no expert.
This morning, out of curiosity, I went to AutoZone and handed them my "old" starter to test (the one I took out) and they said it quote: "passed" the test they did. I bought a new +battery cable complete with connectors and a new power cable for the starter. I haven't installed them yet, but this is all I can think of for now.
I have heard of people being able to start theirs if they kept trying...but when mine won't start...it doesn't matter how many times I try it's dead. Until I roll start. After that it will start up probably 25 times before-click click....and nothing.
I AM CONFUSED!! Please help me out! (I have heard maybe an ignition switch? Clutch switch?) I'm so done!