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    Active Member Two Rings
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    Checklist- Starting Issue

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    Needing help with diagnosing the issue with my car not starting. I've searched the forums, but need more specific advice. Basically when trying to start the car, I put the key in, push clutch and try to crank it, i hear one click and nothing happens. I just replaced the battery yesterday, so we can check that off the list. One note worth mentioning, the message "push clutch to start engine" stays on throughout the process of trying to start the car, even when depressing the clutch and turning key. Not sure if that's common?

    Working my way down the checklist, I'd like to diagnose the problem without replacing all of it once at a time;
    Battery
    Ignition
    Starter relay
    Clutch switch
    Starter solenoid
    And last (and most labor intensive one) the starter

    Let me mention, I have no codes appearing, and the car is a 04 S4 6MT.

    Any ideas? Thanks!

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    Active Member Two Rings RAUDIRS6's Avatar
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    I'd start by bypassing the clutch switch. Sounds like the issue.

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    Active Member Two Rings RAUDIRS6's Avatar
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    Followed up by ordering a replacement. I don't remember if our switch is a positive or ground switch. If it's ground you could leave it bypassed while you wait for the new one.

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    Senior Member Three Rings jakeoboy67's Avatar
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    where's the click coming from ?
    try to listen in the passenger side wheel well, near the starter

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    Veteran Member Three Rings Toronto5.5's Avatar
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    Have you tried things that don't cost money? Bump starting? Getting a boost to the block?

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    Active Member Two Rings
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    How do I bypass the clutch? And yes, I can roll start it but that gets old really quick 😂. As far as the sound goes, it's coming from the driver side, like near the firewall

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    Established Member Two Rings
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    yes, my money would be on the clutch position switch; it's not too pricey and it's easy to get to.

    unfortunately, the CEL usually only illuminates for emissions-related problems but not electrical details. the car will throw a code for other electrics, but it's only visible with ODIS/VCDS DTC scans. if you can get ahold of one it might confirm it berore you spend any money.

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    Senior Member Three Rings jmcS4's Avatar
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    Did you do anything besides replace the battery????????? are the terminals tight????? if the car was fine before replacing the battery then you really shouldnt have an issue. i would clean the connections on the battery and make sure you attached both cables correctly. sounds silly but sometimes if a connection is even a little loose you'll have issues
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    Active Member Two Rings
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    Long story short, the problem existed before the new battery. My buddy came over with his vcds and turned the key, magically it started turning over but didn't fire up. Got the P0346 code now. Changing out the sensor tomorrow and going from there...

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    Active Member Two Rings RAUDIRS6's Avatar
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    Well that is a whole different animal, but still sounds like your clutch position switch was bad.

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