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Clio 182 Starter Motor ALWAYS Turning w/ Battery Connected



  RS Clio 182
Hello gang,

Hope everyone is keeping safe in these weird times.

I posted a few things on here a lil while back but between now and then work, house move and pandemic got in the way.
Now I'm not allowed out the house I'm finding myself with more time to work on the car.

Before I moved, the car was refusing to start and being unable to get it running I had to pay to get it recovered to the new place.
I spent a while messing around and trying to fix the issue to no success.
After a while I caved and called an auto electrician who wasted a lot of time poking around and fetching a new battery for me.
The end result of all of this was that the starter motor had bitten the dust and needed replacing.
So I bought a new starter and (having wasted a lot of time not going about it the right way) got the new one in and connected up.

Went to reconnect the negative lead and as soon as the clamp touched the terminal the thing started turning over dry. At this point the key was on the roof, no power to anything.
After a lot of attempts to work out the cause I've come up with nothing.
I've removed the started and carefully reconnected it and the same happens.
I've reconnected the electrical connections and not bolted it in, connected the battery and let it spin on it's own while turning the key back and forth.
Nothing has so far yielded any clue as to why this is happening.

I don't think the starter motor itself is the issue, more that something upstream is amiss and supplying power when it shouldn't.

Now I'm not good with electrics so I'm not sure what could be causing the problem here.
With the battery connected and the starter out the other electrics work fine.
With the starter relay out it's still turning so it's clearly bypassing that.

Does anyone have any suggestion about how the ignition and relay could be bypassed to allow constant power to the starter?
I'm stumped.

Thanks a lot and keep safe,

Dan
 

robzracing

ClioSport Club Member
Main terminal on starter will be shorting on one of the studs. It’s quite common. You’ll see one of the studs is quite long and when the “L” shaped terminal is done right up it touches.

It’s very difficult to see once fitted but I’ve been there twice before!


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M90SR

ClioSport Club Member
The starter motor relay (G) is shorting out and in permanent circuit, or there is a UCH fault earthing the relay.
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Hello gang,

Hope everyone is keeping safe in these weird times.

I posted a few things on here a lil while back but between now and then work, house move and pandemic got in the way.
Now I'm not allowed out the house I'm finding myself with more time to work on the car.

Before I moved, the car was refusing to start and being unable to get it running I had to pay to get it recovered to the new place.
I spent a while messing around and trying to fix the issue to no success.
After a while I caved and called an auto electrician who wasted a lot of time poking around and fetching a new battery for me.
The end result of all of this was that the starter motor had bitten the dust and needed replacing.
So I bought a new starter and (having wasted a lot of time not going about it the right way) got the new one in and connected up.

Went to reconnect the negative lead and as soon as the clamp touched the terminal the thing started turning over dry. At this point the key was on the roof, no power to anything.
After a lot of attempts to work out the cause I've come up with nothing.
I've removed the started and carefully reconnected it and the same happens.
I've reconnected the electrical connections and not bolted it in, connected the battery and let it spin on it's own while turning the key back and forth.
Nothing has so far yielded any clue as to why this is happening.

I don't think the starter motor itself is the issue, more that something upstream is amiss and supplying power when it shouldn't.

Now I'm not good with electrics so I'm not sure what could be causing the problem here.
With the battery connected and the starter out the other electrics work fine.
With the starter relay out it's still turning so it's clearly bypassing that.

Does anyone have any suggestion about how the ignition and relay could be bypassed to allow constant power to the starter?
I'm stumped.

Thanks a lot and keep safe,

Dan
 


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