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Author: Subject: Starting issues....bad alternator?
lordbenny

posted on 13/6/18 at 03:10 PM Reply With Quote
Iím pretty sure the starter is fine, when it does get power to it it fires up without any issues.
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02GF74

posted on 13/6/18 at 05:17 PM Reply With Quote
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Originally posted by starterman
That's not correct. You won't be engaging the solenoid. the starter will spin but the bendix won't be engaged in the ring gear.



Yeah maybe, I assumed the motor was inertia type, solenoid I referred to was the one that switches power to the starter.


Do we know what engine it is





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lordbenny

posted on 13/6/18 at 05:41 PM Reply With Quote
Going to see if the live cable sorts it out....if not Iím paying an auto electrician £130 who said heíll guarantee heíll sort it!
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rusty nuts

posted on 14/6/18 at 09:41 PM Reply With Quote
Try disconnecting the positive feed to the ignition coil, if the starter then cranks the engine over faster then it may have too much ignition advance
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lordbenny

posted on 15/6/18 at 08:18 AM Reply With Quote
Fitted super new live cable today.....no better.

Pressed starter button a few times and....nothing except slight dimming of ignition light.

Then the classic solenoid click....

Then it fired up but definitely only a half hearted turn over.

Turned it off and nothing again!

Calling auto electrician, he reckons that I shouldnít be spending any more money on it and that he will sort it in his minimum 90 minute and £130 fee.

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rusty nuts

posted on 15/6/18 at 01:11 PM Reply With Quote
Voltage drop somewhere between the battery positive and the starter solonoid , dodgy ignition switch, wiring or connectors? Try checking the voltage at the solonoid feed from the starter switch when it is operated or by bridging from the main battery lead.
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lordbenny

posted on 21/6/18 at 10:05 AM Reply With Quote
WOOOOOO HOOOOOO, FINALLY!!!!

Bit the bullet and got an auto electrician round.....diagnosed within 10 minutes, sorted within the hour.

Had a voltage drop between starter button and solenoid so he fitted a relay between the two and.....hey presto!

Ok, so it cost me a few quid but I donít think Iíve ever been happier spending money on a pro to sort out a problem I donít think Iíd ever have been able to to it myself, he also put in a beefier independent fuse box for my electric fan (the old/small one was melting the plastic on the fuse after a long run).

The auto electrician in question was found on Checkatrade, he loves cars (has a mint Porsche 930 that heís just finished restoring) and specialises in problem classics. Heís based in Crawley, Sussex/Surrey border...Phil Smith Auto Electrical 07766657180.

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starterman

posted on 21/6/18 at 10:25 AM Reply With Quote
That is good news. I was sweating for a minute thinking there might have been a problem with the starter :O

Cheers
Mike

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lordbenny

posted on 21/6/18 at 10:48 AM Reply With Quote
Starter is perfect, thanks for your help Mike.
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02GF74

posted on 21/6/18 at 10:55 AM Reply With Quote
This demonstates the difference between being at the car compared to diagnosing from a distance with the full picture.


Anyway it is sorted, on to the next problem, lol.





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Mr Whippy

posted on 21/6/18 at 11:55 AM Reply With Quote
glad you got it fixed but his £130 fee is still quite a bit more than the usual £10 for a half decent multi meter that could also detect that issue. Key here is to check everything no matter how insignificant
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lordbenny

posted on 21/6/18 at 12:49 PM Reply With Quote
That maybe so but I wouldnít have been able to diagnose the problem even with a multimeter. I also wouldnít have known what type of relay to get and have been able you do it in under an hour. Sometimes itís just worthwhile getting a pro in IMO. Best money Iíve ever spent on my car!

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[Edited on 21/6/18 by lordbenny]

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scudderfish

posted on 21/6/18 at 03:50 PM Reply With Quote
Quite right. Being able to recognise your own limits can lead to a much happier experience. I really made a mess of my bonnet because of my lack of talent and ended up spending more getting it done right than if I'd gone to a professional from the beginning. I can do simple electrics, I can't do bodywork.
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