Help with interesting starter problem


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Help with interesting starter problem

Postby alastair.kj » Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:08 pm



So I opened up my starter to renew it and found a cut in the insulation of one of the wires in my starter. I could see bare copper.

What can I do?
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Re: Help with interesting starter problem

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:13 pm

Why did you pull the starter - just to give it a clean up?

Was the starter working before OK? If so - just put it back together - or you may want to put some epoxy over it if you were concerned at all.

Apart from that - not sure if anything else needs attention

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Re: Help with interesting starter problem

Postby alastair.kj » Tue Dec 29, 2015 11:22 pm

It had been working fine for the longest time, but then slowly started having more difficulty starting up. It died on me once while I was out and when I came home I decided to clean it up.

I figure I'll throw it back together and see if it'll work. I just wanted to see if there was anything recommended by anyone.

Thanks!

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Re: Help with interesting starter problem

Postby WingAdmin » Wed Dec 30, 2015 2:21 pm

That insulation is basically lacquer. Some high-temperature lacquer, or (better) some epoxy should do the trick. My normal go-to epoxy is J-B Weld, but I would not use it for this application, as J-B Weld is 10-20% iron powder by weight, which doesn't make the best insulator.

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Re: Help with interesting starter problem

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Wed Dec 30, 2015 6:30 pm

I worked at a plant which made vacuum cleaner motors- and Admin is right. It is a lacquer which is applied and then baked on.
A high quality lacquer will suffice nicely.
Don't neglect to do this, as the armature will soon be totally shot without it in a very short time. Regards, Johnny

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Re: Help with interesting starter problem

Postby alastair.kj » Thu Dec 31, 2015 9:01 am

Thanks for the replies guys. I might as well fix it while I have er apart. Any product or brand recommendations? My first quick search for "high-temperature laquer" is showing engine paint for the most part.

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Re: Help with interesting starter problem

Postby Aussie81Interstate » Thu Dec 31, 2015 4:01 pm

Just mix up some 2 part epoxy - like araldite, and pour it over the affected area. :)

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Re: Help with interesting starter problem

Postby Johnyy Smoke » Fri Jan 01, 2016 9:45 am

All you need is a dab, varnish will work also. Regards, Johnny




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