My 380 SL has an intermitent starter problem. Every second or third
morning it turns over very slowly as if the battery is low on charge,
once the engine starts and shuts down everything works fine. The car
has 170,000 miles, battery is new and the connections at the battery
are clean. One time last week it sounded like the starter stayed
engaged for a couple of seconds after the key was released. Is the
problem possibly brushes? solenoid? bushings? drive? combination of
all? I haven't even looked yet, does anyone know how hard is it to
remove this starter? Any unique tricks I should know about?
Thanks in advance,
Checked the battery wire, clean both ends, all seems OK. Battery
voltage 12.8. A new thing happened this morning, the starter did not
turn off when the engine started. It acted like the ignition switch
was still engaged but the starter drive was not. You could hear the
starter motor running for about 20 seconds after the engine started.
Could this be the solenoid or the ignition switch?
Thanks Tiger. I will try that the next time it causes a problem.
Yesterday while working on the car I moved the wiring at the starter
solenoid and all seems OK but I won't know for a few days. I will
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