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Post  lewis1641 on Fri May 06, 2011 9:12 pm

howdy peoples

the wife's 1.9 diesel mk 3 has decided to stop starting, if that makes sense.

I think the battery is for a petrol as it doesnt crank over fast at teh best of times but it hasn't been a problem until today. Car didnt start today so I came to the rescue and tried jumping it off my mk2. anyway, tried 3 times and it stillw as having none of it.

On the fourth attempt i noticed smoke coming from the starter motor area of the engine bay. the starter is also quite loose. not to the point of falling out but certainly not bolted up fully.

anyway, i assume i definately need a new starter motor and a higher amperage battery wouldn't go amiss either.

here's the question though. she needs her car next week, no question. She is insured to drive my car but there's no way i'm letting her get at the wheel with the porsche wheels on again so i am planning on putting my starter on her car.

1. will it fit and work? (1994 1.9 non turbo diesel mk3, mine is 87 8v gti)

2. am i likely to knacker my starter in the process??

3. can a numpty like myself perform such a task

DANKA

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Post  roccy on Fri May 06, 2011 9:23 pm

you could change the wheels on ur gti...

plus the starter is a peice of piss to change and u shunt be able to go wrong with it but i am also aware of ur previouse experience with mechanics...

i dont no if it will fit though but u could measure it up..

plus ur starter is made for ur petrol wich has a hell of a lot less compression than a derv so i doubt it would be powerfull enuf
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Post  i_am_me on Fri May 06, 2011 9:32 pm

why not put the g60 steelies back on the mk2 just for now.
i know its not a scene as you would like but it would be alot easier.
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Post  roccy on Fri May 06, 2011 9:37 pm

i think he's trying at all costs to keep his car scene it would't be scene unuf to do a simple wheel swap and normalise his gti for a better cause
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Post  Swainy20 on Sat May 07, 2011 3:54 pm

ive got a spare starter lying round from my old 16v if itll help at all, can have it cheap.
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Post  Lowlifedubber on Sat May 07, 2011 4:09 pm

Check the earths going to the starter motor for breaks,corrosion and tightness to the solenoid . Also check the earth going to the gearbox.If your getting a poor earth it would cause slow turning over.
It not being tight won't help either as it earths through your box too.
Also if you do come to change it you need to support your engine at the front as it goes through the front mount and you have to fanny about trying to get the bolts to line up again when you go to refit.

Can't comment on the mk2 swap but I wouldn't just incase the flywheels are a different mesh.

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Post  Matt e on Tue May 10, 2011 12:47 pm

It won't be the same mate I had the same with vikkis ibiza , try putting your jump leads straight. On to the starter and run a wire from the red wire on the solenoid to the battery.
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Post  lewis1641 on Tue May 10, 2011 1:32 pm

the mk2 starter fits but doesnt seem up to the job.

battery has just been replaced at rediculous cost and a replacement recon starter is on its way.

gaz - not looked at the earths but will do. If it is that simple i will not be letting on that was the fault!!

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Post  Lowlifedubber on Tue May 10, 2011 1:43 pm

It will come out eventually Dave,you might as well just own up if thats the case Laughing

Hope you get it sorted either way Smile

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Post  lewis1641 on Sat May 14, 2011 11:13 am

a new starter motor was required. thanks to liam and ian fo their help

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