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Do you ever think you shouldn't have bothered starting?

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21 Jul 2020 20:56 #225437 by Lambert
As the observer of my posts will have noticed I have had a litany of issues related to the disturbing of Dreadnaught at the hands of the garage doing the clutch and head gasket. First was the front crankshaft oil seal, then the heater matrix and now the starter motor is acting up. It started slowly if you'll forgive the pun and responded to percussive maintenance and was good for all of 3 weeks but it got worse and worse so that I now feel better parking pointed down hill. Euros are supplying a new one tomorrow but its a Lucas Prince of Darkness one so we'll see if it has another hundred thousand miles in it or if it lets the smoke out within the month?

I know that a car is a system and the parts interact and age together but it is annoying to fix one thing that causes a cascade failure. Gets expensive too.

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22 Jul 2020 10:45 #225454 by Keithy
It's a company vehicle....all tax deductible.
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22 Jul 2020 11:09 #225455 by CC Baxter
Better the devil you know, stick with it. Chris
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22 Jul 2020 11:34 #225456 by sniper
They certainly are a challenge but on the other side, I got my car at 75k and reading the previous history, the car had been pretty reliable and trouble free for those 13 years.....

Mis-timing was my problem.... I should have had the car in those trouble free years and not bought myself the resultant mess.... :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

But owning it and all the joy & pain of that, has become as much a hobby, as using it.....

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22 Jul 2020 18:24 #225468 by Lambert

Keithy wrote: It's a company vehicle....all tax deductible.


Absolutely it is all tax deducted but the money still has to be earned. :laugh:

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22 Jul 2020 18:30 #225469 by Lambert
so I have replaced the starter. What a git of a job.

I shouldn't complain its been a very reliable in real terms.

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22 Jul 2020 23:18 #225484 by yakuza
Starter swap is truly a pain. Swift starter is worse actually. Never seen it under there but it starts.
Daughters swift was in for the summer service changing gearbox, ac pump, driveshafts and drive joints, attaching the bumper back on the wing, re grinding the headlights and more. Spent about half the value of the car in parts.

So yes I was not sure I should have started..
Still not sure..

But no rust and it is a 4x4.

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23 Jul 2020 09:25 #225497 by me101
On the flip side, at least you know it is done and good for another few years!

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23 Jul 2020 10:17 #225498 by Roger Fairclough
You guys don't know you are born.B) B)

Many years ago I was asked to change the starter motor on a Renault 16. First instruction in the official manual.

REMOVE ENGINE.

I refused and did the job. Took me 7 hours.

Roger

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23 Jul 2020 11:01 #225499 by HUN

Lambert wrote: so I have replaced the starter. What a git of a job.

I shouldn't complain its been a very reliable in real terms.


The main problem is that there is not enough clearance to take the starter motor out easily. I was struggling with it every time, hence eventually I did grind at least 5-10mm off a bracket, which holds some other parts close by. It was just enough to let the motor fall out, but at least no more headache for me!

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23 Jul 2020 11:12 #225504 by Lambert

Roger Fairclough wrote: You guys don't know you are born.B) B)

Many years ago I was asked to change the starter motor on a Renault 16. First instruction in the official manual.

REMOVE ENGINE.

I refused and did the job. Took me 7 hours.

Roger


There's a Monty Python joke in there somewhere.

In my day we'd have been glad of a starter motor, we had to encourage t' hampster to get ont tweel an force it to run like buggery!

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