[Healeys] Balky Starter on BN2

Bob Spidell bspidell at comcast.net
Tue May 21 20:39:32 MDT 2019

Could be, but there's not much wiggle room with the bolts.

On 5/21/2019 6:38 PM, Michael Oritt wrote:
> Or perhaps there was some slight misalignment causing the pinion to 
> jam ever-so-slightly against the ring gear which was corrected when 
> you reinstalled the starter.
> Best--Michael Oritt
> On Tue, May 21, 2019 at 7:20 PM Bob Spidell <bspidell at comcast.net 
> <mailto:bspidell at comcast.net>> wrote:
>     A while back, I posted a question to the List about the lame
>     starter in
>     my BN2 (thanks for all the suggestions guys).  I tried various
>     types of
>     jumping the starting system and checking connections and still the
>     starter wouldn't turn the engine over even one full turn.  I finally
>     pulled the starter and took it to a local shop; they opened it up and
>     inspected it and said the starter was in great shape, except from
>     some
>     discoloration on the insulation of the field coils, which had
>     obviously
>     gotten hot due to all the balked starting attempts.  They reassembled
>     the starter and gave it back (no charge ;).  So, I pulled the
>     plugs to
>     check mixture and adjust the valves, put the plugs back in and
>     gave it a
>     crank just for grins, not expecting any change.  Lo and behold, it
>     cranked just fine--for a 100--and fired on the third or fourth crank
>     (had been sitting for a while).  Nothing had been significantly
>     changed,
>     though when I last installed the starter I had used grade 8 flat
>     washers
>     under grade 8 split washers, and when I installed the starter this
>     time
>     I decided the flat washers were unnecessary--the holes are 'right
>     sized'
>     for the bolts--and left them out.  That is the only thing I changed
>     (except for adjusting the valve lash).  I can only surmise there was
>     enough resistance from the flat washers and the fairly thick coats of
>     paint on both the starter and the engine plate to impede current
>     flow to
>     ground.  The split washers apparently dug through the layers of paint
>     and established a good ground.
>     Thought I'd pass this along.
>     Bob
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