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    Default Starter replacement today

    Weather here in Philly warmed up a bit so decided I'd try to replace the starter in my Yellow car that seems to have an issue with the solenoid not engaging
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    What a pain in the butt. Was simple when I originally assembled the car, with the steering column in place now, not so much. The replacement starter from Caterham was different from the original one, Longer and with a different housing, ring terminal needed instead of the spade one on the old one, etc. Had to grind down a box end wrench to fit it around the bolt head as the space was too tight to get a normal sized one in.


    Finally got it in and went to test it. And the battery seems to be dead even though it's a year old and has been on a battery maintainer all fall/winter. AND my jump pack was dead too. Oh well, back out tomorrow to try again once the jump pack recharges
    . Nothing is ever easy in these cars.

    Anyone know if replacing the solenoid is a simple job or easy part to find given it's a Rover K series English part? Would an auto electric place be able to do it? Just thinking of having it as a spare. It cranked fine, the Bendix spring just didn't seem to engage. Tom
    Mangia bene, Ridi spesso, Ama molto, Guidare veloce

    2000 Caterham Superlight #123
    1.8L VHPD Rover K Series
    2009 Caterham SV
    2.3L Cosworth Duratec

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    I went thru starter-replacement hell on my original X-flow. I became convinced that Caterham uses a different starter, on every car they build, just to make it interesting. I eventually had mine rebuilt. No replacement existed.
    '97 Caterham Super Sprint, 1700 Crossflow-sold
    '09 Birkin S3, Duratec-sold
    '03 Caterham Zetec track car

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