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Ignition switch. installation plez help.

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STORY : well, if you guys have any other theories as to why i've gone through 2 starters in 2 months, i'd much appreciate it. from what i can tell, this is what happened to me the other night:
the starter engauged while i was driving the car and began to burn itself out. then the starter began knocking against the flywheel causing awful grinding sounds. it also managed to drain my battery dry.
so, when i took the starter out this morning, i pulled it open and the starter stinks (burnt).
SO, the only thing i can think of is that my ignition switch (i had help from more than a few people to come to this conclusion) is fried or something causing the starter to engauge while the car is running. i'm going to be heading over to the VW dealer to pick up a new switch for 30 CDN, but i needed help as to exactly how to install it since it requires me to take the whole steering column off. how hard is this installation to do? should i even attempt it?
VW wants 105 for labor if they were to do it. i'd probably spend 150 at the dealership for them to replace it, and i really need money right now.
if you guys have any other ideas as to what else may be causing this problem, or if i should replace anything while i'm working on my car (wiring or whatever) plez chime in. thanks a bunch for your help.
PS, i won't have a replacement starter until Tuesday, so i'll be stuck here =(.
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Re: Ignition switch. installation plez help. (Electron Man)

yeah, i just checked and i have the easy ignition switch
. i'll try one more starter after i replace the ignition switch and if i chew up another starter, then i'll have to look into a new flywheel?? anyhow, thanks everyone.
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Re: Ignition switch. installation plez help. (Broke)

wheres the crank pulley? i definetly want to check this out now that you told me a way to check the flywheel w/o taking the tranny or casing off. thanks again!
Re: Ignition switch. installation plez help. (Atlantonius the IInd)

I was wrong, even though the dealer told me that i had the easy one, i have the damn metal collar.
anyone have suggestions on how to take it out? thanks.
Re: Ignition switch. installation plez help. (Atlantonius the IInd)

nm, thanks all i just went to the dealer and had them take it out and throw the switch i bought in. figured if the starter goes again, i've got proof that it had to be the starter and not my car since vw fixed the only other problem (the ignition switch) it could be. plus, they only charged my 40 CDN labor for doing it, which is really really really awsome. i have yet to have a bad exp at Crosy , he local VW dealership, here in Kitchener/ Waterloo, Ontario.
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