I have had similar problems except never #3! I have narrowed it down to
poor current flow through the relay. I have come to this conclusion because
I can always jump the starter by using a remote starting switch or a screw
driver at the starter!
Ross Overcash, 74B, NAMGBR 2-1172, Ayer, MA
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> Subject: MGB Starter: Help!
> Okay, here's the situation:
> '70 MGB, intermittent starter failure.
> Twisting the key will always trip the relay, which will *not*
> always engage the
> solenoid. Three basic modes:
> 1 (95% of the time) Turn the key, starter works, car starts.
> 2 (4.5% of the time) Turn the key, relay clicks, nothing else.
> 3.(remaining .5%) Turn the key, starter spins, but does not engage.
> 1 and 3 can take place on subsequent key-twists. 1 and 2 (or 2 and 1)
> have been happening on opposite ends of a drive or mechanical
> work. (push it
> started and drive home, when I get there it works again; or, for
> example, pull
> the starter, bench test, re-install, and it works again. For a while.)
> This is a bit unnerving (esp. #3). Any thoughts/suggestions?
> The starter is less than six months old, 5k miles ago (3 months)
> the flywheel
> was inspected and was not missing any teeth, the car has no other
> problems (touch wood).