I own a 2002 3.0 24v Spider which I bought at 30 000km's. I bought with a starter motor issue which has become a major head ache. Over the last year i have replaced the starter four times and every time my garage thinks they have found the problem. The starter iether sticks when staring to crank and burns out the main fuse or gets stuck when starting and does not disingage. Its not the same starter thats been serviced but a completely new starter as the last two times it has been totally burnt out . All cabling is free from motor so no shorts. Any one out there had any similiar problems. Probably thinking im nuts to be on my fourth starter but this car is so enjoyable when its running.
Thanks , will check out both suggestions. Can ring gear be inspected with engine in car from under hoist or should engine come out. If ignition is not releasing ie relay not kicking back then i gues it can still get stuck in. Still cant believe four starters later !!
Update ! Aaaraagh . Two months has passed after I had the starter replaced again and new ignition switch put and then I heard a metallic sound while starting today and thats when I knew IT WAS BACK. I have not taken it out yet but the 30amp fuse has blown and Im sure the starter has burnt out. The car started with no issues and I did not rev it so if starter got stuck in flywheel it only went up to max 2000rpm then I switched it off.
I did not personally chek flywheel out myself last time but I was assured it was fine. Looks like I must check myself to make 100% sure. I did replace the relays at same time as well.
Im going to install a light connected to solenoid to monitor next time but if there are any other suggestions other than rechecking flywheel Im all ears.
Not sure if this will help at all, I have just replaced my starter motor, but it turns out there was a ropey connection in a junction located around the nearside inner wing. I couldn't find it but the garage did and now works like a charm. As I say, maybe unrelated but worth checking all the same. Hope you get going again.
This maybe a long shot..... starter motors have to be aligned correctly. This is normally done either with an alignment pin or by bolts with spacers. Not sure which is the case with the GTV but correct alignment is crucial otherwise the pinion engagement is off and causes sticking and jamming. You should check that all the bolt and hole threads are undamaged as any movement here will eventually cause a problem. I would also concur with the other posts suggesting a thorough check of the ring gear. Have you actually seen the dead starter motors? In particular the condition of the pinion? Just a word of warning, as you have had 4 motors die on you from getting stuck they may well have caused damage to the ring gear so you really need to check that and the alignment of the motor. Hope this helps and that you get it sorted.
Freddy, my problem is a connection in the harness but not sure where, maybe if possible you ask your mech more precisely where ? . Reason I know is some times the power stays on even when I pull the connector off starter . I have experimented with lower amp fues so not to get starter stuck . The garage says they need to pull the engine as there is no space to check harness. So finally the problem has been ''pinpointed. '' well not exactly. At least its not ignition, starter or ringear.