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Old December 20th, 2012, 04:20 PM
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Sluggish starter in Series 3

Have a 5 door Series 3 Station Wagon which I hope to sell at some point.
One thing which irritated me was the hesitant starter motor which always turned like the battery was low.
I checked the ground, put it a new battery and solenoid plus new cables still the same. Even ran a ground from the battery negative to the starter body with jumper cables.
Switched the starter from another Rover and the problem was solved.
It was a UK made starter with no name on it, came with the donor vehicle for the Station Wagon body. I had a friend who rebuilds starter for dozers and the like look at it and he could see no problem.
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Old December 20th, 2012, 04:40 PM
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I have one of those starters from britishstarters.com in my series and it works great. Mine didn't have the same symptoms as you describe before replacing it, but the new one definitely spins faster.
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Old December 22nd, 2012, 10:00 AM
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I like the Denso's from British starters. All I'd suggest is a spare set of contacts for the solenoid as that's about all that goes wrong with Denso's.
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 08:50 AM
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Will try a Denso I took the starter off the Lightweight as we broke a half shaft.
After the cost of a Detroit rear end from GBR the starter is a drop in the bucket.
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Old December 23rd, 2012, 01:55 PM
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About 4ish years ago I purchased what was called a rebuilt starter from Rovers North. Because it went into a rebuild I did not use it until one and a half years after purchase. Maiden voyage it left me stranded, it cranked but very slowly and got very hot. I checked everything else and then it left me stuck 3 more times until I put a used starter in and never had a problem again. Of course the warranty did me no good since I did not install it right away. Anyone want to buy a rebuilt starter used about 4 times?
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