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Starter motor

#1 Post by cybercontroller » Thu Apr 16, 2020 11:20 am

After breaking down on Monday and the RAC giving the starter motor a good whack to get me started, I am wondering how common these are to fail and how much it is likely to be to replace if needed.

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#2 Post by 220 GSi turbo » Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:08 pm

Plenty of new or reconditioned starter motors available on eBay, typically £50-60. I should point out that some 'reconditioned' starters will be of a better standard than others....
You could also check your local car breakers if they are still open.

You need to make sure you are getting the correct starter for the type of gearbox fitted to your car (you mentioned in your clutch thread that you have the later Ford gearbox: this was fitted to K-series cars from late 2003 onwards).

Before buying a starter motor, it would be well worth checking that the connections to your existing one are secure and clean (free of corrosion). They will have been disturbed when you had the clutch replaced.

A whack with a hammer is always a good way to deal with poor connections or a sticky solenoid! When I was at college in the 1980s, one of my fellow students had a relatively new Escort XR3: he kept a 'toffee hammer' in the front door pocket because his starter regularly failed to work. I never had to do that with my Allegro! :laughing2
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Re: Starter motor

#3 Post by cybercontroller » Fri Apr 17, 2020 12:58 pm

The thought of whether it would be different did cross my mind. Hoping it is easy to change.

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#4 Post by Kriss707 » Fri Apr 17, 2020 1:14 pm

As suggested, check all points of contact & earthing points for rust/corrosion & General poor conducting.

The alloy housing will corrode around where it touches the Bellhousing/Engine giving a poor earth.

You would be very surprised as to how many electrical issues are caused by a simple poor earth connection.

It's a good idea to put an extra earth lead direct from battery Neg to engine block.

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Re: Starter motor

#5 Post by ROVER-25X » Sun Apr 19, 2020 4:52 am

On my second starter on my 25, I swapped my Dad's over about 2 months ago on his 25, it wasn't OEM, both cars are the 1.4 with the R65 box so I would say it is a common failure, but because its a Rover it can be fixed with a hammer. :laughing2

The PG1 starter can be fixed/rebuilt with a kit I think?
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#6 Post by 961tat » Sun Apr 19, 2020 9:04 am

Depending where you live Ribblesdale Auto Electrics Units Ltd preston , will recondition your old unit to a high standard .

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#7 Post by Paul_1978_yorks » Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:38 pm

I remember reading something once about an “upgraded” starter motor being fitted to SD1 Rovers.

What’s an upgraded (or uprated) starter motor, and is it worth having one?
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#8 Post by richard moss » Tue Apr 21, 2020 6:23 am

I bought a high torque starter motor for my MGC - it spins the engine over faster than the original design. Not cheap at about £175 but well worth it
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#9 Post by cybercontroller » Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:23 pm

Will try and check the earths as suggested. I need to take it for a run anyway.

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Re: Starter motor

#10 Post by cybercontroller » Sat Apr 25, 2020 8:27 pm

Out of curiosity, I tried and it started first time today so took for a decent run. The question is, do I trust is to start again if I go somewhere?

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Re: Starter motor

#11 Post by crepello » Sat Apr 25, 2020 9:48 pm

If you're not going anywhere soon, they're not complicated to strip down. You might find the solenoid armature is just gummed up, and a clean and light greasing will sort it.

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