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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:47 am    Post subject: Is there a how to guide for the starter cable replacement? Reply with quote

I am having warm start issues after a bit of searching about I found this can be caused by the starter or the starter/alternator cable. I thought it is maybe best to replace both whilst in about it for peace of mind. I have found a guide for the replacement of the starter motor but is there one for the cable?
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally I'd diagnose your problem before spending money.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is an easy way to diagnose this as the fault is to use a jump lead from the negative on the battery to another good earthing point on the car?
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 1:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

alex yates wrote:
Personally I'd diagnose your problem before spending money.


Car was struggling to start when hot more recently the starter has started to click and not fire this leads me to believe the starter is faulty. Since there is a known issue with the cable on the early models then it makes sense to me to do some preventative maintenance and change it at the same time.
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is it a man or a tip? To do a tip is an engine drop.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

alex yates wrote:
Is it a man or a tip? To do a tip is an engine drop.


Manual Alex
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First thing to do is drop test the battery. Thumb
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the write up I followed on my 997.1 a couple of years ago.

https://www.6speedonline.com/forums/997/289189-3-8s-how-replace-alternator-cable.html

Just for info - This is quite an involved job and takes quite a while to do.
I would only change it if you are sure this is an issue.

One common symptom is poor starting when the engine is hot.
Mine always started fine when cold, but would fail to start when hot at the most inconvenient of times.

Good luck.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had this done on my 997.1 manual....symptoms were that it would start from cold each and every time....after a drive however it would struggle to start up or not start at all....until the engine was stone cold.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

shabs wrote:
I had this done on my 997.1 manual....symptoms were that it would start from cold each and every time....after a drive however it would struggle to start up or not start at all....until the engine was stone cold.


I had exactly these symptoms - had the cable changed and voila! problem disappeared and I now have perfect starting with a hot or cold engine. I didn’t do it myself and IIRC it cost c£450 at my independent.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the starter clicks but doesn,t spin over then a starter motor fault is the most likely as the cable fault doesn,t do this.

Best check for a lead is a volt drop test between the alternator and the battery .. basically measure the output at the alternator and then at the battery and see the voltage drop .. this will tell you if the leads is high resistant .

As its not easy to get at the alternator then just measure the charge rate at the battery with lights , seat heaters etc turned on .. if 13 volts or less then you have a problem.

Changeing the main lead is a bit of a job so no point if its not faulty .

Also if you remove the throttle houseing and the first tube you have access to the power lead .. youll soon see if its burnt at the starter motor and so needs replacement ( disconnect the battery first )
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the input decided to put it to an indy. The cable was rotten so replaced and I got a new starter put in for good measure. Fires up like never before now.
 
  
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent news Thumb ..... no more angst and you can enjoy driving the car again (I remember it well!!) Very Happy
 
  
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