I've had the mighty EA S for a few months and about 5 to 10% of the time the starter turns but doesn't engage, but does on the next try. It's not getting any better or any worse. Is it likely to be something I can fix in the motor with a bit of fiddling or lube (it's not worth buying replacement parts - a changeover would be better value), or is it more likely teeth on the cog or ring gear, or something else? I assume it's going to die sooner or later, but I thought it would have got worse by now if it was a serious fault.
I'll bet you a ice cold beer that the starter motor drive (somtimes called bendix) is stuffed. This part is replaceable from any auto elec (use only genuine bosch one though) and best to get them to fit it while your there. If its gunna cost you anything near $120 bucks then dont bother fixing it, just buy a new bosch one - part number BXF - 129, should be around the $120mark.
or contact me if you wanna buy a reco one off me:D
Did you know that the starter off an AUII will fit any 6cyl falcon !!even XK !! They all have the same mounting points on the bellhousing and bolt holes all line up. If you car is pre-electronic ignition (roughly pre XD)a separate wire with diode will need to be installed to give the coil its 12 VOLT BOOST on crank.:D
But if i'm not mistaken it does start every now and again. If the bendix was stuffed then wouldn't it not start at all??? (not betting agaisnt you botch, i couldn't afford the beer ATM :), just discussing the possibilities.)
yeah I know where your coming from, but heat does stupid things to the clutches in the drive, sort of like a clutch in a car thats stuffed (a.k.a laminge):D My bet that is that it only slips when the motor is cold. and is ok when hot.
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