Keeping an old vehicle going

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  1. Schpinky

    Schpinky Read Only Funster

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    Hi all, only recently registered with Motorhome fun and hope I am posting in the correct place. Sorry if not and can you point me in the right direction. :Smile:

    I have a G reg Citroen Hymer 564 and have spent a lot of money on it over the last few years getting many major parts reconditioned. The starter motor is causing a real headache. I have had the starter reconditioned five times in as many years and it is still not right.
    Does anyone know where I might find a new or decent starter motor for my beloved old Hymer?

    Thanks for reading this, I really hope someone can help.

    Cheers

    Schpinky
     
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    jollyrodger Funster Life Member

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    I with you on the older MOTORHOMES but it may help if the engine type were known 2.5 1.9?? Petrol / Diesel
    I had a similar problem with last Ford Transit after 4 went back to local reconditioning shop well known in Plymouth ,turned out the bendix didn’t match the teeth on the flywheel .
    Searched around on eBay and found supplier with a contact number after the usual questions bought one correct for my model and cheaper than shop locally job done
     
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    as to the starter is the flywheel ok .they had a habit of chewing up the ring gear on them . that can mess a starter up.
     
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    I agree with Alan, If you are chewing starters, look for other reasons! As already suggested, flywheel may be worn.
     
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    Thanks peeps, the more info the better

    Thank you all. Yes, I should have included more info. It's a 2.5L Turbo Diesel. I shall amend the original post to include that info. All the information you have given is great and I will investigate further. Feel like I may be starting to get somewhere and so soon after posting! Great stuff.:thumb:
     
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    A little more info on what is actually happening to the starter will help. Is it engaging ?. Is it just clicking ?. Is it throwing out before starting ?. Is it chewing up the bendix ?. etc, etc, etc,.
     
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    Also, check if the starter needs shimming. Modern engine starters just bolt on, but older models might require shimming to get the correct teeth engagement, a skill not understood by many fitters used to modern vehicles.
     
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    Back in the 70s I had a Cortina with starter problems. We tried everything new ring gear pinions with different teeth etc.

    I had one starter on the vehicle, one in the boot, and one in the auto electricians getting new pinion fitted. I was such a regular customer they fitted them free and I got the pinions at trade price.

    Then one day the engine blew up and I fitted another and the same ring gear and starter were fitted and it never needed another starter again. It turned out that the face on the crankshaft had been badly machined so everything was running out of true.

    We bought the car from a dealer as scrap, as they couldn't fathom out the problem either. I had the art of changing the starter off to a matter of minutes.
     
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