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Checking a starter circuit

If the starter does not turn the engine although the car battery is in good condition, the fault may be a simple mechanical one or it may be an electrical one in the starter-motor circuit. Read more

Checking and replacing the starter motor

If testing the starter circuit (See Checking the starter circuit) indicates a fault in the starter motor, disconnect the battery and remove the motor from the car - complete with its attached solenoid if it is a pre-engaged type of motor. Read more

Stripping the starter motor

Remove the starter motor from the car (See Checking and replacing starter-motor brushes). Read more

Replacing starter or dynamo bearings

Make sure that you can get replacement bearings before you take on the job of replacing worn ones. They should be available from an auto-electrical store. Read more

Checking and replacing starter-motor brushes

Both inertia and pre-engaged starters can have one of two types of commutator. Read more

Replacing the Bendix gear

The name Bendix gear strictly applies to the spiral drive mechanism of an inertia-type starter. However, the term is sometimes used for the pre-engaged starter mechanism. Read more

How the starting system works

To make an engine start it must be turned at some speed, so that it sucks fuel and air into the cylinders, and compresses it. Read more

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