Glen Eldridge writes:
> My Midget Mk1(65) has gone through two
> starters in the last week, both burnt out within a day after three or
> four starts.
Burnt out? Really? You mean if you try to run it out of the car, direct from a
battery, (with jumper cables) it won't work? If so, you may have burned it
-Over voltage, from a bad regulator or intermittant regulator
or -constant running, due to shorted start switch or wires
are about the only way this could happen.
> When I try to short the starter relay terminals, I get no spark at all.
Do you have clean power *AND* grounds?
-2 connections at the battery
-1 ground connection from the battery
-Pos. to the starter switch
-ground cable from engine to body
Loose or corroded connectors, or dirty/poor connections at any of the above
can cause such problems.
> - are starters polarity-sensitive,
No, just the generator is- and if it's charging, it's ok.
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