Afternoon all, just a quick issue with starting my 1985 mini. Basic details: 1275 with pre-engaged starter, new pug 306 diesel battery.
I have had a strange starting issue for a while, it’s very intermittent. Basically, I try to start the car and most of the time it works. However every so often (like yesterday morning), I started the engine and the crank was slow then fast and eventually the car fired up. I left to run for a few mins, then turned it off. I went back out about 20 mins later, and all I got was a click from the starter solenoid, the lights didn’t dim and the starter didn’t crank. Tried it last night and it started. I have checked the usual suspects (earth straps) and put the charger on the battery (which didn’t need charging).
My thoughts are:
- Duff battery – but is about 5 months old, and has been working fine (and is a good make)
- Dirty connection - checked and cleaned the earths, they all look ok
- Duff solenoid – looks fairly original - but assuming if it clicks, it is working?
- Starter motor - has jammed or has failed?