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Disco 2 V8 2003 - Starter Motor problem

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Hi All,

Got a strange one here, every few days or so (well, random really), when I turn the ignition key to position 3 starter position I sometimes just get a small whine and no turning from the starter motor. When I turn the key back to zero and try again it catches straight away and starts up. Very occasionally is will whine twice on trying. It's getting a bit more regular now and worried that that starter will just give up. By the way the car has got a brand new Exide 900 battery fitted.

Do you think it's on it's way out, and what makes the whine - perhaps solenoid? I'm thinking of getting ahead on this and buying a new starter and replacing it sooner rather than later.

Which starter is recommended and what are these £70 2kw upgraded motors like you see on ebay. Don't really want to pay for a genuine one but don't want a 'carp' one either.

Thanks in advance

 

blz6662

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1 hour ago, blz6662 said:

what are these £70 2kw upgraded motors like you see on ebay

Probably rubbish given that decent OEM mass-produced ones cost more than that. I'd buy a used/recon genuine/OEM over cheap no-name "new" ones.

Could it be your starter relay or possibly an immobiliser sort of problem? Always look for the cheap / simple stuff 1st before shelling out proper money!

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I have heard that V8 starters respond well to basic cleaning / maintenance and are much easier to remove/refit that the Td5.

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There is a small clutch type mechanism in the starter that can slip - this sounds like what you have - it slips and next time it bites and the engine turns over.  Mine failed a while back and I just replaced the part

This is a pic of a 3.5 starter and the bit is RTC834.  Later starter like yours also have this.

 

 

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Thanks garrycol,

that looks like the solution

 

Kind regards

 

blz6662

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If the starter motor turns but no drive is getting to the flywheel then it may very well be the bendix - before failing completely they sometimes grip, sometimes not and then then engine will not turn over - but then cheap aftermarket starters are available on line for far less than the cost of buying a new bendix and getting it professionally fitted.

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