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Motors I think my starter died, how do I make sure?

Discussion in 'General' started by Cthippo, 22 Oct 2016.

  1. Cthippo

    Cthippo Can't mod my way out of a paper bag

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    So, I went to leave for work and my truck turned over a little and then did no more. I thought "huh, dead battery" and put it on the charger. No result. Then I tried jumping it with my landlord's van. Also no result. The battery showed 12.5 V and 13.6 V when connected to the running van.

    I put the truck on the charger and took the already running van to work. When I got home I tried to start it and no result.

    I'm pretty sure it's not the battery at this point, which means it could be the clutch interlock switch, the solenoid, or the starter itself. I'm pretty sure it's the starter, but how do I rule out the other two before I drop the money on a new (rebuilt) one?
     
  2. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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    Smack the starter a bit and see if it "unsticks" the bendix drive?

    I had that sort of thing on my RS after it sat for X months, and a guy on reddit suggested that, sorted it right out.

    Probably not it at all, but figured it's worth a mention.
     
  3. Corky42

    Corky42 Where's walle?

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    I maybe outdated as I've not worked on cars for over 20 years, having said that have you tried giving the starter motor a whack as sometimes they can become stuck/jammed and a gentle tap with a hammer can unstick them.

    Ninja edit: Boy I'm a slow typer. :)
     
  4. Yadda

    Yadda Minimodder

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    Yup, I third the notion of firmly tapping the solenoid/starter with a metric adjuster (hammer or whatever you can get in there with).
     
  5. Cthippo

    Cthippo Can't mod my way out of a paper bag

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    You guys are both faster than me!

    I went out and tried it and there is a definite click from what I believe is the solenoid and the panel lights go out, which I would expect if the solenoid were working. I also tried it with and without the clutch in and no click with the clutch out which indicates it's not the interlock. I'll try banging on it with a hammer in the morning.

    Appreciate the suggestions! :thumb:
     
  6. Cthippo

    Cthippo Can't mod my way out of a paper bag

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    Not that anyone cares, but it appears to have been the starter. Replaced said starter and it made engine noises.

    I did try banging on it with a hammer, but that did nothing and I couldn't manage more than a light tap. The engine on my pickup is small and the engine bay huge, but the starter is the one piece on the whole thing that is a pain to get at.
     
  7. bulldogjeff

    bulldogjeff The modding head is firmly back on.

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    Did it start?
     
  8. legoman

    legoman breaker of things

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    Guessing from what hes saying it did after the started was replaced. On hard to reach ones we used to have a metal rod rest it on the starter and use the manual adjustment stick to help reset the starter by applying it to the rod.
     

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