So I had a leaking fuel
hose and my (ex) mechanic
burnt the starter out trying to get the darn thing to bleed. Replaced the starter 2 months ago, and just yesterday it wouldn't engage! I tapped it with a hammer and it started right up. I could see that working with an old starter, but my new one? Weird.
I have a Perkins
4-108 in my 1978 Cal
39, the mechanic
burnt the starter out, so I had it rebuilt. After solving the fuel
issue the engine
has started right up within a half second of engaging the starter here in Hawaii
, every time, for 2 months. Then, I was stupid enough in the black of night to hit the wrong button when shutting down and engaged the starter instead. Got a good grinding noise
and immediately released the starter button and hit the stop button to shut down. So that's the preliminary.
The next morning I went to start the engine
, hit the starter, and all I heard was a solenoid click. No turn-over of the starter. Checked the battery
, 100% charge. Tested the lead to the starter with the engine start button engaged and got 12 volts. Ground was solid. So I used my knowledge from driving around my MGB and tapped the starter lightly with a hammer and tried again. Nothing. So I shorted the starter with a screwdriver while tapping and it starter right up.
I'm not too familiar with the inner workings of a starter, but why would a newly refurbished starter need to be hit with the hammer? Could activating the starter with the engine running have jammed the solenoid or something? Brushings stuck? Doesn't make sense. Maybe you smart people could shed some light.