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Old February 1st, 2014, 01:10 PM
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200tdi starter problem...help!

Tried to start my '84 defender last week on a really cold day. It is a slow cold starter like many diesels. I cranked for a while and as engine seemed close to turning over when the battery died. Removed battery cables and charged battery... Battery now good. Now, when I turn ignition switch, the starter makes a click, but wont activate. I think power is getting to starter because it clicks, and because when I turn on headlights and then turn ignition switch, the lights dim. I guess I can take starter out and have it tested. Is the solenoid on the starter or separate in the fuse panel for the 200 tdi? Thanks for any help you can offer.
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Old February 1st, 2014, 01:24 PM
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You might want to have your battery tested..
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You might want to have your battery tested..
This and clean off the cable connectors and the battery terminals.
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Battery terminal cleans ? ALL ground points good and tight/clean ? To insure your battery is a goner, try jumping the D with another vehicle. A few weeks ago, similar post solved with a Kat's battery warmer blanket (120 volt). A warm battery can make all the difference. eBay or Amazon http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trks...at=0&_from=R40
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Old February 1st, 2014, 04:09 PM
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Tried to start my '84 defender last week on a really cold day. It is a slow cold starter like many diesels. I cranked for a while and as engine seemed close to turning over when the battery died. Removed battery cables and charged battery... Battery now good. Now, when I turn ignition switch, the starter makes a click, but wont activate. I think power is getting to starter because it clicks, and because when I turn on headlights and then turn ignition switch, the lights dim. I guess I can take starter out and have it tested. Is the solenoid on the starter or separate in the fuse panel for the 200 tdi? Thanks for any help you can offer.
I happened to mine few weeks ago, turned out it was the alternator.
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Old February 1st, 2014, 04:48 PM
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Thanks for input. Battery is good... tested. Terminals and connections cleaned. Maybe next step is to remove starter and have it tested.
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Have you tried jumping the starter with jumper cables? Why pull the starter before you have ruled everything else out?
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Starters are simple devices, maybe just a good disassemble and cleaning is in order.
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Whack the starter with a hammer a couple of times and s
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Check your chassis ground as well.
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Old February 22nd, 2014, 06:08 PM
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I'm having a 200TDi starter issue also.

Truck has been in the paint shop for the last couple of weeks and when I went to pick it up it didn't want to turn over. No clicking, no drop on the voltage gauge. Jumped it with a battery cart and nothing.

I looked at this:



It doesn't seem like a very complicated system. Any one know where the relay is typically stashed? Any clue what else to check? The 200TDi doesn't lend itself to a good solenoid beating.

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Old February 22nd, 2014, 07:56 PM
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The relay is with the relays.... Bottom of the fuse panel.
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Old February 22nd, 2014, 08:09 PM
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200tdi starter

Hi Guys-
Indeed, after testing, my starter was burned out. Got a great rebuilt valeo starter from Trevor (Roverlab) on this site (bargain priced at $200). Chris of Rovertek (also a site member) just installed it, and I am happily on my way again. It was quite a production to install as I have a disco 200tdi in a rhd truck. the exhaust pipe had to be removed and the engine actually jacked to get the starter out. I considered trying to tackle it myself, but I couldn't even touch one of the bolts with a wrench. Much thanks for advice of members, thanks to Trevor for a great starter at a good price and thanks to Chris of Rovertek for an expert repair, as usual. Can't wait to have Chris install my new rear crossmember.
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