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  1. For a couple of weeks now I've been having starting issues... Defender 90 1993 200tdi I love my truck but I'm rapidly losing faith in the old girl. I hope you guys can help. First here's what's been happening (followed by what I've done so far): One morning I just got the dreaded 'click' from the starter solenoid and nothing else. Dash lights were normal and bright. No start. I checked the battery: 12.8v Tried again, and she started straight away. Since then the problem has become increasingly frequent and is now repeatable every time I get in, hot or cold. I turn the ignition key, wait for the glow light to go out and get a dead click from the solenoid. Try again and she'll either fire up perfectly, or click several more times until eventually the starter motor runs and she fires up. There's no pattern to the number of times I get the dead click. Battery is always fine with around 12.8v. I've check the ground connection from the battery terminals and the heavy leads to the chassis and the ends are clean. I get good continuity from a multi-meter between the -v on the battery and any point on the chassis or engine. Today I removed the starter motor (first dropping out the exhaust pipe, shroud and washer bottle for access). The cable connections all looked good and clean (I cleaned them again anyway). I took the solenoid apart as per a video I'd seen on youtube and gave the cylinder and housing a light clean and touch of oil, but really everything looked fine. There was small amount of pitting and corrosion on the cylinder but even before cleaning everything was free and not binding. The actuator arm had just a bit of resistance but nothing more than I'd expect, and the pinion gear moved out from the body as expected. Next I hooked the motor input up to 12v using some jump leads and she span fast and easily. Then I took the bearing cap and main rear cap off the starter motor. The bearing still had a little grease on and seemed fine. The motor body had some carbon 'plate' like bits in which I carefully cleaned out and the brushes all have plenty left on them and all moved freely. I was actually surprised how clean the inside was really. All carefully reassembled. Reinstalled the starter and made sure to clean the solenoid spade and connector thoroughly. Then I thought I'd test it before putting the exhaust, etc back on. She fired up perfectly for at least half a dozen times, no dead clicks. (I was pretty pleased with myself at this point!) Got to work putting the exhaust and washer bottle back on, cleaned up, then got ready for a quick drive to be extra happy....... What do you know? dead click!!!!!!!!! I've video'd what happens on starting..... Sorry its such a boring bit of footage but I don't know what else to try and don't have the means to just buy a new starter to test. Any suggestions on what I've missed or what to try next would be extremely gratefully received! Thanks everyone. Berto
  2. Hi all, Having some very annoying starting issues at the moment. Problem: - Turn the key to start = Click (Lights come on as they should on the dash) - No turn/noise from the starter motor Recent changes: - Replaced clutch master, slave and hose - Have a history of 3 starters in about 3 years. What i've done since: - Taken starter motor out and cleaned and replaced solenoid (note top left SM thread onto engine has gone, so replaced with M6 until I remove the engine at some pint to rethread) - Cleaned all earths and connections - Tested SM bridging the live solenoid directly to the motor connection = starter spins but does not engage to start her up. Has been going on for over a week now and cant find a solution. Now very frustrating! Cheers Ben
  3. Hi all, I'm currently having a couple of issue with my defender starting, sometimes it will start fine and first time, other times when i turn the key you can here it try to turn over then struggles and sounds like a flat battery, what are the best ways to try and figure out whether it is my starter motor or the battery that is starting to give up My battery is reading around 12.2V +/- 0.2 when off reading of my internal voltmeter, when running around 14.1v +/- 0.2 The other question my 200tdi engine has started to feel a little bit more sluggish, and espcially when going into 4th gear it seems to have a drop power then takes a while to get up speed again. e.g in 3rd gear will do 35mph then i need to change gear to 4th and when i do it will drop about 5mph then take around 5-10secs to get from 30mph to 40 ect once up to around 45mph it seems to have enough ummph and will go along nicely, just seems really slow and sluggish overall. could this be due to my turbo going/have gone ( if so how do i tell) or any other suggestions sorry if any of this is vague im not to technical at cars atm still learning but learning in style with my defender any help is much appreciated Ollie
  4. Bearmach starter motor any one used one ???? are they any good ??? woth the money ?? (£88) Thanks guys
  5. My 1993 defender 90 200tdi was started in gear it jumped and then died. Does anybody know what could have happened? It bump starts fine. So im thinking it is something to do with the starter motor. Any help will be appreciated.
  6. Hi Folks, Help really appreciated here. I am being driven (or not) to distraction by the failure of my S3 petrol to start. Symptons are that 99 times out of 100, when I turn the switch, the starter solenoid just clicks. On the 100'th time it will spin the engine, and when it starts I can then stop the engine, start it again and the starter still works. I can leave it a couple of hours and then it still works, but if I leave it overnight, back to clicking only again. Here's what I've done to diagnose. Tried it on the jumps, and replaced battery, same behaviour. So it isn't power. I thought it might be the starter motor so I replaced with a shiny new one, but same behaviour. So for a tenner I thought I'd replace the starter solenoid, but still the same behaviour, works just 1 in a 100 ish times. Tried hooking the starter motor direct to positive and negative on the battery, to eliminate any of the wiring circuit but no sign of starter turning. Tried to identify if the starter circuit was working ok by putting a test lamp across the live heavy cable to the starter motor, and to the body of the starter, and as you would expect, the lamp lit when the key turned. Even thought it may be a dodgy earth and tried removing and replacing that, but still the same behaviour. So where I am at now is that the electric circuit seems fine, as proven by the test lamp. The starter works fine as have taken it out and bench tested it. Battery, solenoid and starter are all new. I can't hear any sound at all from the starter trying to fire, and maybe the dog catching on the flywheel. The truck stood up in a field for 6 months without being started,and before it was parked up it all started up fine. When we tried to start it, this sympton was then happening, so it is probably something that has occurred while it was standing. All I can think is that the flywheel is being restricted somehow, by a seize or a partial seize. On the 100th time when it does spin, it spins slowly and pretty noisily, and gradually gets quicker. When it is running the clutch engages and disengages fine, and all gears drive. The clicking happens whether I have the clutch depressed or not. So if it is a restriction on the flywheel preventing it turning, it happens even if the clutch is in, so I'm guessing it means if there is a seize stopping the turn that it is the gearbox / transfer box not the engine as it is isolated by the clutch being depressed. Sumamry - I can't think that it would be electrical as the test lamp lights when the key is turned. All the parts are new, so it must be the flywheel being prevented from turning. But the clutch works fine. Any suggestions as to what to try next really gratefully received as I am out of ideas. I am a basic level diyer only so stripping a gearbox is beyond me, so guidance really appreciated! Thanks all.