At 10:50 AM 10/2/02, Ajhsys@aol.com wrote:
>In a message dated 10/1/02 6:10:16 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
>It isn't hard to test the starter, but you need to remove the starter,
>which requires tiny hands.
My hands aren't that small, but I bet my 6-yr-old son would be perfect for
>Take out the starter, wrap a rag around it and clamp it (not too tight) in
>a vise. Use your jumper cables from the battery to the starter. Clamp
>the ground to one of the mounting ears, and then just touch the hot to the
>terminal post. The starter will spin like a house on fire and the pinion
>gear should move down it's shaft.
>If the gear is sticking, or it doesn't move freely, clean it all off with
>brake cleaner or carb cleaner and lube it with a VERY light coating of
>white lithium grease. As long as nothing is bent, it should be fine.
>Use care not to spin the terminal post when you put the starter cable back
>on. It can cause a short in the starter.
I'll see about taking a crack at this, though I might just put in a new one
anyway. Lord knows how long the current one has been in there. (it's a '78B).
>Replacement is the reverse of removal. I have a 1500 Midget, and I'm not
>sure what car you have. The starter is a lot of fun to remove and refit
>in a Midget.
Assuming you're being facetious here. :)
I don't have access to a lift - I'll have to buy some ramps (which I really
am overdue to buy anyway). Hopefully it can be done from under there.
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