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Hinckley Classic Triples 885cc Classic Styled T3's: Legend, Thunderbird, Thunderbird Sport & Adventurer.

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Old 10-22-2012, 11:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Starting problem

I have a 2001 Legend with 7000 miles. I thought my battery was dead but a new battery hasnt helped. It wont start, it turns over slow or I get a clicking sound. The battery is good, seems like it is losing power to starter motor somehow. Anyone have a similar experience or any ideas what it could be? thx!
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Check Solenoid and Starter, as well as the wiring.

My bet is on the solenoid.
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Old 10-22-2012, 03:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Also check the earth connection to the frame
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Also check the earth connection to the frame
How can i do that? I'm having the same problem.
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Old 10-23-2012, 03:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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thx folks, gave up and brought to dealer, we'll see what they say, prob solenoid...
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well, back from dealer, they replaced starter. less than 7000 miles but they said it was shot. also had radiator flushed, not sure how often to do that but it had been a while. runs (and starts) well now...
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well, back from dealer, they replaced starter. less than 7000 miles but they said it was shot. also had radiator flushed, not sure how often to do that but it had been a while. runs (and starts) well now...
Unless there was an inherent fault from manufacture or the starter was 'hammered' by a defective or semi flat battery over the years it should have lasted a lot longer. These starters are no different from the normal automotive starter in that the main wearing parts are the brushes and commutator. These are easily accessible once the starter is removed (an equally easy task).

As mentioned above, check the earth connections at both the soleniod and engine ends of the earth cable and ensure they are clean and making good contact.

The coolant needs to be changed every two years with a 50/50 mix of quality anti-freeze/inihibitor. Just as important, the cooling system should be thoroughly flushed with clean water prior to adding the new mixture.
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Unless there was an inherent fault from manufacture or the starter was 'hammered' by a defective or semi flat battery over the years it should have lasted a lot longer. These starters are no different from the normal automotive starter in that the main wearing parts are the brushes and commutator. These are easily accessible once the starter is removed (an equally easy task).

As mentioned above, check the earth connections at both the soleniod and engine ends of the earth cable and ensure they are clean and making good contact.

The coolant needs to be changed every two years with a 50/50 mix of quality anti-freeze/inihibitor. Just as important, the cooling system should be thoroughly flushed with clean water prior to adding the new mixture.
Note-50/50. anti-freeze/inhibitor-distilled water.
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I just buy the premixed antifreeze since Distilled water is not so convenient for me to get.
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I just buy the premixed antifreeze since Distilled water is not so convenient for me to get.
www.projecta.co.au

Guess we are fairly lucky, $5.85c for 2 litres at any of our local auto parts stores.
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