156 TS won't start - suspect starter motor problem
Purchased a 156 about two weeks ago. On three occasions I have been unable to start it.
The first time I ignored it. Second time I got a bit worried, and thankfully the third time I think i've narrowed it down.
However I could still use your advice.
So it's a 2003 156 TS Monza, 2.0L 4 Cylinder Selespeed.
Now this problem doesn't always happen, but when it does, I get lights, stereo etc, but no "clicking" and no ignition. I can turn all the lights on with no problem so I don't think it's the battery. However this weekend it happened at a friends place and he had a look at it. Jumped on the bonnet and whacked the starter motor with a piece of wood and a hammer and bam! Ignition.
So now I'm trying to work out what to do. He reckons it was the brushes and that a recondition would sort it out. I'm getting quotes for that at the moment, but it's not cheap, and they don't include the time removing and refitting the starter motor - and they assume that the starter motor will be fixable.
So I took a look at the wiring going into the starter motor, I don't see any obvious problems, it seems to be fairly well attached, the bolts don't seem loose.
I looked at the main fuses, they were all fine, I couldn't access the second set of fuses higher up but i figured if it's an intermittent problem it's unlikely to be the fuses.
So, what should I do? I'm not hugely mechanically competent but if I can avoid paying $1000+ for this fix then I would be willing to put in a few hours! Does the conclusion about the starter motor sound right? One of the local mechanics said that they thought it was the "pressure accumulator in the selespeed system and not the starter motor" (but only from a description) which seems.. unlikely to me.
Thanks for your help!