1.8 won't turn over, battery full, solenoid audible. Any ideas?
my good old 156 has come up with a new symptom - car won't turn over when turning key. Worked perfect last time I drove it (few days ago). Haven't touched a thing, but the starter won't turn the engine. All electrics work fine, dash lights up as always on ignition, code-light turns off, and I can hear the starter solenoid when I turn the key, but the engine won't turn over and I don't hear a whizzing sound like you'd expect when the starter spins but is not engaged to the flywheel.
Battery is topped up and fairly new, so that's probably not the issue. Also have plenty of current for all lights on without the dash or interior lights dimming, and the lights do not dim much when I turn the key to 'start'position so that kinda confirms the battery is in good condition (or that somehow no current is getting to the starter dispite the audible click of the solenoid).
The car push-starts flawlesy after first turn-over and runs good, but the starter simply will not rotate the engine. Whacking the starter is impossible due to starter location. I did manage to rotate it a bit by (very very) briefly turning the key to 'start' position with the engine running. Starters don't like that very much, I know, but thought this would surely solve the issue without putting the car on a ramp for a whack at the starter.
Anyway, turned the engine off after this molesting of the starter, but had made no difference. Same issue: I hear the solenoid and everything seems in order but the starter does not turn.