Comical Engineer Posted December 17, 2007 Share Posted December 17, 2007 Disco 300tdi. 130k miles. This morning, middle or Morrisons petrol station, turned the engine off while the bloke in front filled up. Truned the key on mine and ....... nothing. The lights went dim but not starter action. Aaaargh. And I was right next to a woman who had just filled her Merc ML270 (diesel) with unleaded! Oh joy. Two helpful policemen turned up and offered to push me out of the way. Just as I was about to accept, turned the key and ..... the darn thing burst into life. Drove out without filling up and went to work. At the office, safely in the car park, tried the key again and nothing. Lights went dim but no starter motor noises. Tried again 30seconds later and it started. That said, I have noticed the starter being a bit sluggish on a couple of mornings but the battery seems to be ok. It turns over well enough but slowly, on occasion very slowly but has so far always started. Charging at 14 volts and the battery shows 12.6 off charge so I'm suspecting the starter motor. Question: Is it likely to be the starter motor or just the solenoid? If it's the motor, then how easy to fit / remove and how much. Happy Christmas, BAH, HUMBUG Actually, I've just found Les Henson's excellent post in the tech section. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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