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 Post subject: Intermittent Starting
PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 4:22 pm 
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Hello all,
My sprint has recently developed an intermittent starting fault, I will be absolutely fine and spin the engine on the first turn of the key 80% of the time, 10% it will need a few flicks and the remaining 10% I won't get a sausage.
I can hear a click as in a relay pulling in but nothing else. Leaving the car for a while will generally solve it.
It's annoying me as it's stopping me use the car as I've already been stranded once.
It did have a similar issue many years (15+) and took it to an old skool auto electrician who fitted a relay to the starter circuit.
I'm not at all handy when it comes to car electrics which feel a little like a little black magic so any explanations please can they be at the Mr Man level!

Any thoughts?

Thanks
Alex


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 5:45 pm 
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Alex

I would check the condition of the elecrical connection on the starter solenoid and the starter motor + the engine earth.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 7:36 pm 
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What Paul said,^^^^^^

The click you are hearing is the relay throwing, so that immediately eliminates the ignition switch and everything else up to the relay.

So, as Paul said, check all the connections out of the relay and into the starter motor as well as the condition and tightness of the engine earth strap. If all this fails to find a fault, then it's pretty much time to call Alun for a recon starter motor!

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:38 pm 
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Hi Alex, Long time no hear. Will you be at TDCIR tomorrow ?
P.M. to follow,
Tony.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:16 am 
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Brilliant thanks chaps. I'll have a look at the connections.
Sadly not at the club meeting.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 6:55 pm 
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For what it's worth:
I had the same problem on a Herald and it was simply that the battery terminals had stopped making a good contact. Cleaning and tightening had the car back to normal. Worth a look perhaps?
Alan, N Yorks.


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