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jon11 Platinum Member Jon Rosenthall
Maple, ON, Canada   CAN
1970 MG MGB MkII "Neville"
2007 BMW 525i "Fritz"
Hi Guys,
I haven't posted for a while, however lately( since putting the car on the road following the silly season) I have been having issues with the battery/starter on the B.
When activating the starter all I get is a click. After repeated attempts eventually the engine turns over and starts. I have been suffering with this until I used a battery storage unit and then the starter worked but the solenoid clicked one or 2 times before the car started.
Now of course all I get is a click.
Is there a supplier for parts for these starters?
I bought mine brand new about 10 years ago and did contact the company for a replacement adapter. The original one cracked.
Anyone have similar issues?
My B is going to be my daily driver for the foreseeable future so I need to get on top of this.
Cheers.

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tigger00 Rick O
Creedmoor, NC, USA   USA
1974 MG MGB "Queenie"
Before you go after the starter, I would clean all of your power and ground connections.
At the battery, starter, engine block, and the ground wire at the engine mount or trans mount.
I have seen more than one of these problems occur with just a poor connection.
always do the basics first.
Good Luck

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ohlord Gold Member Rob C
North of Seattle, N.W., USA   USA
1957 Land Rover Series I "EYEYIYI"
1971 MG MGB
1971 MG MGB "Bedouin 2"
Put power directly to the starter to test.
Solenoid might be burnt.
What brand gear reduction starter?
Dave Austin at Britishstarters.com sells complete rebiild kits for nippondenso
He's an mge forum member.
Call him

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Rick Fawthrop Richard Fawthrop
Langley, WA, USA   USA
Look for Denso starter repair on you tube.
Simple repair.

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jon11 Platinum Member Jon Rosenthall
Maple, ON, Canada   CAN
1970 MG MGB MkII "Neville"
2007 BMW 525i "Fritz"
I pulled the starter and the Bendix looks chewed up a bit and upon wrestling it out of the engine bay, water was coming out of said Bendix??
As you can see the adapter plate is cracked, this would make this the second time.: devil:
I found out where I purchased the starter, from www.BritishStarters .com. A division of the Ferrillo Marketing group.
I remember when the adapter plate cracked the first time, about 5 years ago and I requested that they send me a steel plate. PS that didn't happen and its cracked again.
This could be the cause of my starter issues in that with a cracked plate the starter body was misaligned and the Bendix wont engage, hence the "click".


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