Others have hit on the the "before you take it out" tests pretty well, I
will also add that if you do take it out I had a commutator brush tension
spring break on one of mine a few years ago, and same thing went from
working fine to no work at all. The spring was old, brittle and somewhat
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Salter" <email@example.com>
To: <AlanX@proaxis.demon.co.uk>; <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2005 10:05 AM
Subject: RE: BJ8 starter motor "doesn't" any more. Any tricks before I get
out and get under?
> Hi Alan,
> I would strongly recommend that you check for voltage on the starter
> terminal as you press the solenoid button before you take it out.
> I have encountered a few cases of the cable itself getting a poor
> at the terminals.
> Also I have had cases of the copper strap which connects to the terminal
> inside the starter breaking although more on Sprites than big Healeys.
> Michael Salter
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> Subject: BJ8 starter motor "doesn't" any more. Any tricks before I get out
> and get under?
> After apparently faultless functioning, my starter motor "doesn't". The
> solenoid clunks, and 12 volts appear on the motor side of the solenoid
> when the key is turned. The lights do not dim, so the motor is not
> taking current (and is not jammed).
> Opinion here says that it could be that the brushes are totally shot, or
> just that the commutator has just landed on a dead or dirty spot. Can't
> turn anything by hand, of course. I had hoped that, after a push start
> and a long ride home, the vibration might have 'moved something', but no
> such joy.
> I think, if the earth strap was open, the lights wouldn't work. Am I
> right? In which case it has to be internal to the motor (12v feed
> terminals are tight).
> Any tricks to try before I remove the motor?
> Alan F Cross (BJ8 "Ginny") AHC member TV1729J
> Heathfield Studios - http://www.heathfield-studios.co.uk - web