Member Since: February 5, 2011

Country: United States



Oregon State University

  • I have a 1981 VW Jetta Diesel, and that 20mA sounded low for the solenoid. I just went out and measured it, and it surprised me. I was expecting ~100-200mA, but it ended up being 1.2A! This was on a lukewarm engine. It's probably been sitting for about 3 hours in my garage, so it's not completely cold, but it's nowhere near hot. I don't know if that would change the amperage much, but it is possible.

    But yeah, on that engine, it's really the only way to kill the engine, other than running out of fuel in the tank or popping the clutch and stalling it. I've briefly considered doing something like that, but at this point who would really bother with a 40 year old car with practically no resell value when there are new cars nearby in a parking lot? Also, there are so many quirks that have evolved over the years that it can be a bit tricky to even open the doors if you don't have the 'feel' of it, much less get everything else right to smoothly start and drive it... :)

  • Just FYI, in your list of operations with bullet points, you have the wrong slash for division.

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