Starter Motor problem with Vauxhall Vectra

Discussion in 'Vectra' started by rreid@strategies.co.uk, Dec 1, 2006.

  1. Guest

    I am wondering if anyone can help me with a problem with my Vauxhall
    Vectra 1.8.

    I had to replace the gear box on the car and my Dad decided to do it
    himself to save me money
    as he's good with cars. A tooth had broke on the diff which caused the
    issue in the first place.

    We have replaced the gear box and put the engine back in but now it
    won't start.

    My Dad is the expert with the cars not me so forgive me if my question
    is not phrased right or terminology is slightly
    wrong. I will try to explain the issue as best I can.

    The first time you turn the key in the ignition it makes a slight noise
    and then stops. If you try to turn the key again it won't do anything.
    My Dad then puts the car into first gear and we have to rock the car to
    get the starter motor unlocked. Then if we try again the same thing
    happens
    e.g. only a noise the first time you turn the key.

    My Dad says the starter motor is locking somehow.

    The battery is fully charged and has been tested.

    With no starter motor we can bump start the car and the engine also
    turns by hand.

    We had no problem with the starter motor before my gear box went so we
    were surprised after putting the new gear box in when we started having
    issues with it.

    Yesterday we bought a new starter motor and put it in but we are still
    having exactly the same problem.

    My Dad says that it can only be 3 things that he knows of that could be
    wrong.

    1 - Battery, but this is fully charged.
    2 - Dead engine, which its not as it turns by hand and we can bump
    start the car.
    3 - Dodgy starter motor. This would mean 2 in a row have had exactly
    same problem.

    My Dad is stumped and so has asked me to post some questions on the
    internet.

    Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
     
    , Dec 1, 2006
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  2. banjo

    banjo Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I am wondering if anyone can help me with a problem with my Vauxhall
    > Vectra 1.8.
    >
    > I had to replace the gear box on the car and my Dad decided to do it
    > himself to save me money
    > as he's good with cars. A tooth had broke on the diff which caused the
    > issue in the first place.
    >
    > We have replaced the gear box and put the engine back in but now it
    > won't start.
    >
    > My Dad is the expert with the cars not me so forgive me if my question
    > is not phrased right or terminology is slightly
    > wrong. I will try to explain the issue as best I can.
    >
    > The first time you turn the key in the ignition it makes a slight noise
    > and then stops. If you try to turn the key again it won't do anything.
    > My Dad then puts the car into first gear and we have to rock the car to
    > get the starter motor unlocked. Then if we try again the same thing
    > happens
    > e.g. only a noise the first time you turn the key.
    >
    > My Dad says the starter motor is locking somehow.
    >
    > The battery is fully charged and has been tested.
    >
    > With no starter motor we can bump start the car and the engine also
    > turns by hand.
    >
    > We had no problem with the starter motor before my gear box went so we
    > were surprised after putting the new gear box in when we started having
    > issues with it.
    >
    > Yesterday we bought a new starter motor and put it in but we are still
    > having exactly the same problem.
    >
    > My Dad says that it can only be 3 things that he knows of that could be
    > wrong.
    >
    > 1 - Battery, but this is fully charged.
    > 2 - Dead engine, which its not as it turns by hand and we can bump
    > start the car.
    > 3 - Dodgy starter motor. This would mean 2 in a row have had exactly
    > same problem.
    >
    > My Dad is stumped and so has asked me to post some questions on the
    > internet.
    >
    > Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    >


    check that there is a good earth to the gearbox. you can use a jumperlead
    from the neg on the bat to the engine.
     
    banjo, Dec 1, 2006
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  3. mikeFNB

    mikeFNB Guest

    yep i'd go with that, or atleast no earth strap at all to anywhere put back!
    you need 100+ of amps to move a starter motor when it is engaged.
    poor wiring or connection will not be capable of doing this.

    a good test here would be to remove the starter motor
    put it in a vice and give it some power via jump leads.
    that way you know it works

    then when you put it back in
    it must be lack of good connection to either + or - [or both!]


    mike

    " banjo" <- _> wrote in message
    news:gYYbh.4622$...
    >
    > <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >>I am wondering if anyone can help me with a problem with my Vauxhall
    >> Vectra 1.8.
    >>
    >> I had to replace the gear box on the car and my Dad decided to do it
    >> himself to save me money
    >> as he's good with cars. A tooth had broke on the diff which caused the
    >> issue in the first place.
    >>
    >> We have replaced the gear box and put the engine back in but now it
    >> won't start.
    >>
    >> My Dad is the expert with the cars not me so forgive me if my question
    >> is not phrased right or terminology is slightly
    >> wrong. I will try to explain the issue as best I can.
    >>
    >> The first time you turn the key in the ignition it makes a slight noise
    >> and then stops. If you try to turn the key again it won't do anything.
    >> My Dad then puts the car into first gear and we have to rock the car to
    >> get the starter motor unlocked. Then if we try again the same thing
    >> happens
    >> e.g. only a noise the first time you turn the key.
    >>
    >> My Dad says the starter motor is locking somehow.
    >>
    >> The battery is fully charged and has been tested.
    >>
    >> With no starter motor we can bump start the car and the engine also
    >> turns by hand.
    >>
    >> We had no problem with the starter motor before my gear box went so we
    >> were surprised after putting the new gear box in when we started having
    >> issues with it.
    >>
    >> Yesterday we bought a new starter motor and put it in but we are still
    >> having exactly the same problem.
    >>
    >> My Dad says that it can only be 3 things that he knows of that could be
    >> wrong.
    >>
    >> 1 - Battery, but this is fully charged.
    >> 2 - Dead engine, which its not as it turns by hand and we can bump
    >> start the car.
    >> 3 - Dodgy starter motor. This would mean 2 in a row have had exactly
    >> same problem.
    >>
    >> My Dad is stumped and so has asked me to post some questions on the
    >> internet.
    >>
    >> Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    >>

    >
    > check that there is a good earth to the gearbox. you can use a jumperlead
    > from the neg on the bat to the engine.
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
     
    mikeFNB, Dec 1, 2006
    #3
  4. Alan

    Alan Guest

    How about a badly aligned starter motor which jams up when used?

    I suspect the electrics/earth strap.

    Testing it on a bench is a good idea.

    Alan
     
    Alan, Dec 2, 2006
    #4
  5. Guest

    Hi There
    Thanks for your replies. Still having problems though. There is a
    problem with battery not being charged correctly but we are trying to
    jump start it at the moment and the car is making an awful noise.
    Here are some things my Dad told me earlier today.

    Respond to the guy whose e-mail you referred to this morning, saying
    your dad
    has tried to jump start the car but on doing so, the car is making a
    high
    pitched screaming noise something like a slipping drive belt.
    This was the noise it was making before he changed the starter motor.
    The car
    makes the noise a) whether the clutch is depressed or not,and b)
    whether the
    drive belt is connected or not. The engine turns freely with a spanner
    on the
    crankshaft pulley nut and via the roadwheels and gearbox. Any ideas?

    It has never started with a jump start yet, although the engine turns
    but makes a hell of a noise.
    It makes this noise whether the clutch is depressed or not.

    The car details are: Vauxhall Vectra 1.8, N reg 1996

    Thanks for all your help its much appreciated.
     
    , Dec 4, 2006
    #5
  6. Mike

    Mike Guest

    As regards the noise, see if the cambelt pilleys arent catching anywhere on
    the covers.

    Mike


    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi There
    > Thanks for your replies. Still having problems though. There is a
    > problem with battery not being charged correctly but we are trying to
    > jump start it at the moment and the car is making an awful noise.
    > Here are some things my Dad told me earlier today.
    >
    > Respond to the guy whose e-mail you referred to this morning, saying
    > your dad
    > has tried to jump start the car but on doing so, the car is making a
    > high
    > pitched screaming noise something like a slipping drive belt.
    > This was the noise it was making before he changed the starter motor.
    > The car
    > makes the noise a) whether the clutch is depressed or not,and b)
    > whether the
    > drive belt is connected or not. The engine turns freely with a spanner
    > on the
    > crankshaft pulley nut and via the roadwheels and gearbox. Any ideas?
    >
    > It has never started with a jump start yet, although the engine turns
    > but makes a hell of a noise.
    > It makes this noise whether the clutch is depressed or not.
    >
    > The car details are: Vauxhall Vectra 1.8, N reg 1996
    >
    > Thanks for all your help its much appreciated.
    >
     
    Mike, Dec 4, 2006
    #6
  7. AB

    AB Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi There
    > Thanks for your replies. Still having problems though. There is a
    > problem with battery not being charged correctly but we are trying to
    > jump start it at the moment and the car is making an awful noise.
    > Here are some things my Dad told me earlier today.
    >
    > Respond to the guy whose e-mail you referred to this morning, saying
    > your dad
    > has tried to jump start the car but on doing so, the car is making a
    > high
    > pitched screaming noise something like a slipping drive belt.
    > This was the noise it was making before he changed the starter motor.
    > The car
    > makes the noise a) whether the clutch is depressed or not,and b)
    > whether the
    > drive belt is connected or not. The engine turns freely with a spanner
    > on the
    > crankshaft pulley nut and via the roadwheels and gearbox. Any ideas?
    >

    <snip>

    Make sure any earth straps have been reconnected that were removed, as
    mentioned by another poster. The strap shold be either on the end cover of
    the 'box, under the wheelarch, or a thick brown cable direct to the battery
    that connects to the gearbox near to the starter mounting bolts.

    The squealing is probably a rogue feed due to the missing earth strap
    causing the starter to partially engage and grind away the teeth on the
    flywheel or starter pinion. Also, the alternator is not connected to the
    battery with this earth strap off, hence the battery not charging.

    HTH

    Anthony
    Remove eight from email to reply.
     
    AB, Dec 5, 2006
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  8. Mr E

    Mr E Guest

    Are you sure the replacement gearbox is exactly the same as the old one?

    Check the earth strap too, but is sounds like the starter is throwing the
    pinion and then seizing on something.

    Rocking the car lets the pinion slip back.

    Cheers

    D
     
    Mr E, Dec 17, 2006
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