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    Hi guys , got a 2003 Wildstar(UK) with 70K miles on , no issues but thinking how many times starter motor worked , and should I be checking for wear on brushes ? any info appreciated , wear limits etc Presume 2 brushes
    thanks

  • #2
    Take it off, take it apart, clean out all the brush dust, replace brushes if necessary, polish the commutator, lube the bearings/bushings and put it back together.
    “The West is the Best" - Jim Morrison

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    • #3
      Also note the tab sticking up from the brush holder. Very important that it is placed in the cast in groove in the end plate.
      Scott B.

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      • #4
        Presume 2 brushes
        Four.



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        • #5
          Originally posted by Shores View Post
          Take it off, take it apart, clean out all the brush dust, replace brushes if necessary, polish the commutator, lube the bearings/bushings and put it back together.
          Then put it back on the motor !!
          I love the smell of smoked pork in the morning !

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          • #6
            Hi,

            I recently made a video during the repair of my starter motor.
            (Bike had not enough power to turn the motor)

            It is very long and in german, but it will give you an idea how the inside of the starter motor looks.

            Hope it helps :-)

             

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            • #7
              Gut gemacht.



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              • #8
                That starter was amazingly clean inside. Usually they are full of carbon under the back cover. Good video.


                The only thing I would like to say to anyone here that has thought about repairing or cleaning/checking the brushes is,

                "Don't be scared off with the soldering he was doing. That is totally un-necessary."

                That was a personal choice he made on his starter and is not something that is needed or even a practice that anyone does. In fact I never seen anyone do that besides him in this video. It won't hurt a thing if you wanted to solder those parts if done neatly and properly but it also won't have a benefit. In fact a sloppy solder job could actually hurt things if a sloppy solder joint touched the case and grounded out. But that would be your choice.

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                • #9
                  cool video ....



                  If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking

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                  • #10
                    The soldering is not necessary if the U-bracket, where the brushes are connected to, is OK.
                    In my case this bracket was broken in two parts!

                    The replacement would be 80€ in Germany. (for that money you can buy a startermotor from a 600cc and modify it)

                    So from this reason I decided to try a repair.
                    The soldering must be done very carefull because it must be strong enough to resist all the vibration of the Motor.
                    But if it gets loose again it ist no problem. The bracket is covered in a plastik holder and can not touch the housing of the motor.
                    So don't be afraid to try it! (you had already lost ;-) )

                    Originally posted by davej View Post
                    That starter was amazingly clean inside. Usually they are full of carbon under the back cover. Good video.


                    The only thing I would like to say to anyone here that has thought about repairing or cleaning/checking the brushes is,

                    "Don't be scared off with the soldering he was doing. That is totally un-necessary."

                    That was a personal choice he made on his starter and is not something that is needed or even a practice that anyone does. In fact I never seen anyone do that besides him in this video. It won't hurt a thing if you wanted to solder those parts if done neatly and properly but it also won't have a benefit. In fact a sloppy solder job could actually hurt things if a sloppy solder joint touched the case and grounded out. But that would be your choice.

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