Thanks to everyone who has replied. Yesterday I
loosened the bolts on the starter and slid it out to
make sure it wasn't binding in the ring gear. When I
tightened the bolts back down I added a nice big ground
from one of the two bolts and ran it up to the strut
that holds the heater valve. Nothing. So I buttoned the
car back up and thought about it overnight.
It isn't the bendex gear. It isn't a ground from the
starter. I used a meter to make sure I was getting
power to the starter.
One thing I haven't done is simply turn on the lights to
see if I have a good ground to the battery. I'll be
embarrassed (but happy) if it is that. The next has to
be the brushes not making proper contact. So back under
the car I go tonight. This is my everyday car so I have
to get it going.
Again thanks! Many good ideas.
> Bill, Was it just a brush replacement or did they clean everything up and
> replace the main spring?
> Also, just remembered another reason starters sometimes malfunction -
> missing teeth on the ring gear! In this case the starter spins but is
> unable to engage the ring gear. This was a notable problem with Morris
> Marinas which seemed to have very thin ring gears made of the most brittle
> alloy known to man. The starter gear would just knock them off after a
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Bill Blue" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: "Vic Hughes" <email@example.com>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
> Sent: Tuesday, June 04, 2002 7:24 AM
> Subject: Re: Click....nothing....d**n
> > What I don't inderstand is why the problem went away with a simple brush
> > replacement. Nothing was changed, the old starter went back into use. We
> > figured perhaps a brush was hanging up. Also, the problem Jan describes
> > should result in a huge current draw. I had nothing.
> > Bill
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Vic Hughes" <email@example.com>
> > To: "Bill Blue" <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>;
> > <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Sent: Monday, June 03, 2002 8:29 AM
> > Subject: Re: Click....nothing....d**n
> > > The problem was as described earlier by Jan Eyerman. Used to happen to
> > > dads Morris Major and Morris 1100. Solved by putting the car in top
> > > and rocking it, or by whacking the starter with something solid (much
> > > satisfying).
> > >
> > > As with most Lucas problems it generally happens at the least convenient
> > > time.
> > >
> > > Vic
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: "Bill Blue" <email@example.com>
> > > To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>
> > > Sent: Monday, June 03, 2002 11:33 PM
> > > Subject: Re: Click....nothing....d**n
> > >
> > >
> > > > Had this problem on a Series II 'way back when it was practically new.
> > > The
> > > > starting handle would fix the problem with a smart whack on the
> > > > This continued for sometime until I had the starter rebuilt (read new
> > > > brushes) and the problem went away. Never knew what the problem was.