[Healeys] It's not the starter

Patrick & Caroline Quinn p_cquinn at tpg.com.au
Sun May 22 05:26:16 MDT 2022



A problem to consider.


Went to turn the engine over in the BN3. An early C-Series six-cylinder.
Rebuilt about five years back, but seen next to no use.


Solenoid clicks, but no movement from the engine. Must be the battery so
charged it, but no change.  Tried a brand new battery, but still no


Out comes the starter and connect it straight to the battery. Whirr away on
the floor. Perhaps the original Lucas starter is breaking down under load?


It occurs to me to try and turn the engine over by hand. Gearbox tunnels not
fitted so easy to wield a large screwdriver to leaver the flywheel, after
removing the spark plugs. It moves about six teeth of the ring gear, but no
more. It moves back the same in the other direction, but no further. Soon
lose interest in this manoeuvre. 


What's up? Why won't the engine turn over? Thinking cap on and perhaps it's
something at the top of the engine such as valve gear. Perhaps there is a
bent valve?


Any opinions out there?


Many thanks


Patrick Quinn

Blue Mountains, Australia




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