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Re: [Mgs] Starter update and another question

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Subject: Re: [Mgs] Starter update and another question
From: "Stephen West-Fisher" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2013 07:38:37 -0400
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I'd check grounds first. The tail lights and fuel pump ground at one point
inside boot right behind the number plate. By the way, a bad ground there
can eat fuel pumps.

Stephen West-Fisher
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Sent: Sunday, March 24, 2013 11:29 PM
Subject: [Mgs] Starter update and another question

You may remember me asking about starter trouble on a 1974 MGB recently. I
decided to drop the starter and get a closer look at everything. While the
starter was off the car, I gave all the wiring fastened to it a good
Then, I cleaned the ground strap area under the hood, and cleaned everything
associated with the battery terminals. A test at Autozone determined that
the starter was locked up, so I put a new warranted starter in this
afternoon. It spins up nicely and sounds like it turns faster than any
previous starter that I have had on the car.

Now, I know questions about the lights get asked all the time, but I want to
make sure I do not miss anything. A few years ago, I added relays into the
headlamp and hi-beam circuits, and all seemed well until about last
November, when the starter began to act up.

When I turn the headlamps on, the headlamps themselves come on, but no other
lights do. No marker lights nor tail-lights. The brake lights still work, as
do the turn signals.

I am trying to remember where to check the voltage for the tail-lights at
the fuse box, and how to check if power is making it back to the tail-light

This sort of thing is most frustrating cause I cannot think of any good
reason for the lights to stop working. They just stopped.

Thank you,

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