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Starter Clicks First Few Turns Of The Key, Then Will Start On 3Rd Or 4Th. Ideas?

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#1 jezjsa

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:54 PM

As the title says, 998cc mini (1983) sometimes will not start with the first few tries of turning the key. Just hear the starter click. Then leave it a second or two then try again and it will start no problem.

Im assuming I need a new starter motor?

If thats the case, would a high torque one be a better option?

Cheers for the help.

#2 TrialsLife

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 10:31 PM

Might sound obvious, but what condition is your battery in?



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Posted 16 May 2018 - 12:34 AM

Battery terminals clean? Good earths all round? Battery condition and state of charge OK? There is lots of things to check before checking/replacing starter.



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Posted 16 May 2018 - 12:47 AM

Sounds like it could be the solenoid giving up the ghost, if yours is a pre engaged starter its built into the starter, If it's an inertia style starter it's a separate replaceable part



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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:39 AM

Id say the solenoid as well, a duff or dying battery would give you a slow turn over, it would only tick if its on its last legs and not giving the starting power it needs. Check the wiring to the starter/solenoid to make sure they are tight and clean



#6 dyshipfakta

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 07:31 AM

Clean the earths to the boot and engine bay first before spending any money.

#7 mikal

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 07:34 AM

It does sound like the solenoid playing games. No need for a "high torque" starter motor. I have the standard Lucas M35 starter on my high compression 1293 engine and it works just fine...



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Posted 16 May 2018 - 11:59 AM

timing miles out , cell gone down in the battery , take it a car shop and get em test it, wrong starter motor and it not messing propa with the fly wheel slowly scraping the both, engine earths , solenoid , get a new one, your wiring ******* ....and may more ...

#9 jezjsa

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 12:11 PM

Was a new battery back in December, and ive had it on trickle charger a couple of time in last few weeks just to keep it topped up when not using the car. OK i'll look at the earths and go from there. Its going to a garage at the weekend so i'll mention that to them and see what they have to say.

 

thanks for all the help :)







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