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Very common fault with the above model, petrol and derv, more common on the 200-220 CDI.
Turn the key, full dash lights but won’t crank over!
Remove the off side splash cover above the fuse box lid, un-clip the cover for the fuse box! You’re now looking at the front SAM, to the left bottom on the picture; you can see the yellow 20amp fuse, number 54! Check this is a 20 and not the standard 15 the car was fitted with!
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If the fuse is blown, un-clip the circled plug, purple wire is a straight feed to the starter trigger! Disconnect this plug and replace the fuse, now turn the key and check that the fuse hasn’t blown again, if the fuse is ok then there a good chance that the starter is causing the short in the circuit!
Taking power from the jump starting point on the other side, under the red flap in the picture,
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and try to flash the starter up using the 12 volt from the jump point! There’s a good chance you will be met with a heavy flash as you try this! That pretty much confirms that a new starter is needed,
If you really want to go a bit further, you can get your hand down the n/s of the engine and disconnect the 10mm trigger lead from the starter! Make sure it doesn’t touch any metal! Turn key again to confirm fuse doesn’t blow!!
 

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I will ask for this to go in the DIY, if thats OK with you
 

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THANK YOU!!
I was so sure the starter was gone.
Fuse was blown, changed it and the car fired up sweet.
 

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Hello SAM UNIT, the fuse has popped again, after three starts.
I assume it is just the 'trigger' that is drawing excessive current.
Does this mean a new starter unit is required?

Can I do this DIY/is it possible on axle stands?

Cheers
 

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I can give you the instructions on how to change it
 

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yes please,
Ill see if I have tools/bits to change it, cheers.
 
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I have done loads on stands,

The job is simple but the top bolt is a REAL pig to get to,

I use a couple of extensions and go back as far as the prop to get a good turn on the rachet!

Got it down to about 15-20min now!
 

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hey dude, you are using the 20A fuse now aren't you?

colin, getting quicker earns you less money - slow down and retire earlier!!
 

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hey dude, you are using the 20A fuse now aren't you?

colin, getting quicker earns you less money - slow down and retire earlier!!

Point taken Andy,

At times you have to get a move on!!
 

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Cheers Malcom.

Yes it was replaced with a 20Amp buddy.
 
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If you get stuck, i no a good tech in your neck of the woods!!!

He posts on here, sounds like he nos what he on about^^^^^^^
 

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Once these instructions come through I'll know if I stand a chance!
I guess its no easy task like my old Datsun 120Y/Ford Capri!
 

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