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jmead9
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:38 pm    Post subject: 8N Starter Question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

On a 1950, 8N, 6V, side mount distributor what is
the best way to find out if the starter is bad or
not. It (the starter) is a 6V starter Part
#8N11001ND. About 2 years old.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:41 pm    Post subject: Re: 8N Starter Question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

What is it doing that makes you think it may be bad?
A lot of times the trouble is just dirty connections, or a sticky bendix.
You can have it tested at any good local starter shop.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:49 pm    Post subject: Re: 8N Starter Question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The battery is fully charged (about 2 months old) as
I have tested it with my own tester. I just
installed new cables today (bought from this web
site), I have checked all of my grounds and see no
problem there, and now all I get is a "click-click-
click". Prior to installing the new cables (I had
previously put new ones on I bought from a local
parts store) and had a lot of trouble getting good
cranking power.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:22 pm    Post subject: Re: 8N Starter Question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Make sure you have a good ground thru the mounting surface to the block. Sand it so there is metal to metal and no rust or paint. That is where the grounding point is. You can jump the starter with a battery and cables
( Make sure it is out of gear) by touching one jumper to the big stud on the top front of the starter and ground the other cable to the frame. Make sure it is out of gear.. It should turn the starter. Make sure it is out of gear. It can run over you!! Don't ask me how I know. Good luck.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:30 pm    Post subject: Re: 8N Starter Question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

now all I get is a "click-click-
click".

That noise is coming from the solenoid, not the starter. The solenoid is making a noise because of low voltage. That is likely caused by:

1. A weak battery (charge it & check it per tip # 49))
2. Dirty grounds/connections (remove the cables & clean the connections)
3. Bad cables or incorrect sized cables (replace them - see tip # 41)
4. Bad ground between the starter & the block. (pull the starter away from the block & clean the mating area - see tip # 36)

If you are confident that you have attended to these likely causes, then jump the solenoid. See tip # 43 before you do that.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2012 6:19 pm    Post subject: Re: 8N Starter Question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The click can be caused by a few problems. #1 a weak battery or a bad battery. A bad solenoid or a bad starter. To test the starter you can jumper around the solenoid as in the 2 bog posts make sure it is out of gear if you do that. If it is a bad solenoid the starter should spin if a bad starter you should get sparks but no engine turn over and same with a weak battery
 
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2012 6:21 am    Post subject: Re: 8N Starter Question Reply to specific post Reply with quote

ditto what bruce and the others said.

check bat and connections..
 
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