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Old 06-25-2009, 08:48 PM   #1
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99 Turbo voodoo

So I went to fire up the 99 Turbo and get it ready for the Eurowerks show on Friday. The fuel accumulator doesn't work, so it takes awhile to start while the fuel pump gathers some fuel.

The last time I drove it, it didn't fire up when I tried to start it again. But there only a half a tank of gas, and I thought that might be too low with the accumulator not working.

So today I went and got some gas, filled the tank, and tried to start it. Cranked, and cranked, but no start. And the battery was almost all the way down.

So I whipped the convertible around and jumped it. Still cranked, no start. No fuel smell after all this time.

So on a whim I walked over to the fuse box, and of course it has the old style ceramic fuses. I took the fuel pump fuse, twisted it maybe a quarter turn in the slot, and tried to start the car.

Boom, cranked and fired right up.

Voodoo.
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Old 06-25-2009, 09:07 PM   #2
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If I've learned anything about these cars, it's that they require a healthy amount of voodoo. Well done.
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those fuses suck, you should replace them all with new ones, you'll be amazed how much better things work afterwards.

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New ones being plastic "ceramic" fuses or something else?
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New ones being plastic "ceramic" fuses or something else?
yeah just new shitty fuses, rather than old shitty fuses, the corrosion is the issue, so new ones fix it for a while. I've also seen it where those things look perfectly fine, but when you try to remove em, they fall apart because they have either blown in a weird way, or just corroded real badly.

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Old 06-25-2009, 10:57 PM   #6
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I hate ceramic fuses. Go back to 1920 and take your antique fuses with you. I know Mercedes used them well into the aught's, but those Newfangled Mercedes suck.
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Old 06-26-2009, 03:49 AM   #7
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Take a tiny bit of never seize and put it on the end of the fuse. (If they are really scuzzy, clean the ends first) Wiggle it around to coat everything and that should solve your problem once and for all.
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Take a tiny bit of never seize and put it on the end of the fuse. (If they are really scuzzy, clean the ends first) Wiggle it around to coat everything and that should solve your problem once and for all.
No - Updating the wire harness to accept a real fuse will cure the problem - somehthing I'd like to do prior to a Mega-Squirt V4
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GA, been having anymore problems with the starter? Remember I do have the rebuilt one here for you. Alot of your electrical gremlins will go away when we replace the wire harness in that car during the second stage of rebuilding.
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No - Updating the wire harness to accept a real fuse will cure the problem - somehthing I'd like to do prior to a Mega-Squirt V4

You are correct. But, that does take some time and effort.
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GA, been having anymore problems with the starter? Remember I do have the rebuilt one here for you. Alot of your electrical gremlins will go away when we replace the wire harness in that car during the second stage of rebuilding.
No, the starter has been totally fine.

The fuel accumulator thing annoys me; I know it will eventually start but I shy away from driving the car knowing it takes a few minutes to get the fuel pressure up.

The second cooling fan also does not work. Given how hot the thing runs, that's an issue.

Those are my top two issues from a driveability standpoint.
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Sweet electrical voodoo GA! And Bullseye, thanks for the tip about never seize...I'm going to try that with the 1980 turbo 5-door.

Of all things, my "new" 1999 Volkswagen has these fuses, in the same 12 fuse fuse block as my older Bugs...
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If you have a buddy who is an electrician get a little allox or no corrode from him (or her). It's the stuff you coat aluminum wires with so they won't oxidize.
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My pump fuse holder was burned out...bypassed the whole thing with a soldered in blade type fuse holder. Works 4.0!
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