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My LE500 recently had a new starter motor fitted which was all OK for several weeks. Recently though, the car has been having issues starting up. Sometimes it turns over fine and others it falters, then makes a grinding sound similar to when you turn the ignition when the engine is already running. A few weeks ago it failed to turn over at all. The symptoms are sporadic and don't seem to be consistent.

My local mechanic isn't fully conversant with these cars (not like a specialist) and he says he cannot find anything wrong with it. He says the starter motor is fine and all other usual culprits seem OK. For some reason these Chinese MG's don't play well with an ODB reader and I have never managed to get one to work with it.

Does anyone have any thoughts as to what it could be? Battery is OK and fully charged. My knowledge is limited, I learn new things as they break and I have them fixed lol. Any thoughts, or should I just try and find a local MG mechanic?

Anyone recommend a mobile guy in the Stockport/Manchester region?

Thanks in advance :)
 

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Sounds like a bad starter to me, I'd replace it.
Have to agree....although could be the spade connector wire (trigger wire?) to the solenoid being loose which can cause the issues described but if its all been allegedly checked and is fine its the starter.

You can get to this wire through the boot area, best way to check if its the issues is to get your hand down to it and wiggle it whilst getting someone else to crank the engine...if it starts try closing the spade connector contacts a tad and pushing back on then try again.

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Has your mechanic checked the battery to chassis & engine earth connections & cable resistance ?
An easy way to check is use a jump lead from the engine to battery neg terminal when its being troublesome.
 

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Has your mechanic checked the battery to chassis & engine earth connections & cable resistance ?
An easy way to check is use a jump lead from the engine to battery neg terminal when its being troublesome.
I doubt it TBH but I will ask when I go to collect it on Saturday. Thanks for the advice!
 

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Have to agree....although could be the spade connector wire (trigger wire?) to the solenoid being loose which can cause the issues described but if its all been allegedly checked and is fine its the starter.

You can get to this wire through the boot area, best way to check if its the issues is to get your hand down to it and wiggle it whilst getting someone else to crank the engine...if it starts try closing the spade connector contacts a tad and pushing back on then try again.

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I hope the terminals/connectors are cleaner than that now.
 

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I doubt it TBH but I will ask when I go to collect it on Saturday. Thanks for the advice!
Sounds very much like the starter to me, that's how mine sounded so I had it rebuilt by a local expert now ok. If yours is only a couple of months old it should be replaced free of charge to my mind. Good luck. D4KGP.
 

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Ask your Mechanic to double and triple check that he has fitted the correct starter motor for your car - it wouldn’t be the first time…
 
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It could be worth removing the starter and turning by hand the engine over one rotation checking the integrity of the teeth on the flywheel as it is possible some teeth are damaged.
 

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It could be worth removing the starter and turning by hand the engine over one rotation checking the integrity of the teeth on the flywheel as it is possible some teeth are damaged.
I'm not sure if roobs would be able to remove the starter as he refers to local garage mechanic who fitted it. So maybe not up to it himself. Who knows. Regards. D4KGP.
 

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It could be worth removing the starter and turning by hand the engine over one rotation checking the integrity of the teeth on the flywheel as it is possible some teeth are damaged.
I'm not sure if roobs would be able to remove the starter as he refers to local garage mechanic who fitted it. So maybe not up to it himself. Who knows. Regards. D4KGP.
Thanks everyone. My mechanic is by no means a K/N series specialist and at this point I'm inclined to just see if I can maybe resolve this myself with the salient advice from the forum. If that means buying another starter motor, then so-be-it. With that in mind, there are 2 on Rimmers and I am unsure if either are suitable. Could anyone advise if either (or which) of these would be best?

Starter Motor - Manual - New Outright - NAD101340P | Rimmer Bros

Motor - Starter Engine - 1.1 KW - NAD101340 | Rimmer Bros

Thanks everyone, your help is invaluable!
 

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Thanks everyone. My mechanic is by no means a K/N series specialist and at this point I'm inclined to just see if I can maybe resolve this myself with the salient advice from the forum. If that means buying another starter motor, then so-be-it. With that in mind, there are 2 on Rimmers and I am unsure if either are suitable. Could anyone advise if either (or which) of these would be best?

Starter Motor - Manual - New Outright - NAD101340P | Rimmer Bros

Motor - Starter Engine - 1.1 KW - NAD101340 | Rimmer Bros

Thanks everyone, your help is invaluable!
Hi I think either of these will fit, but have a look on ebay also because you might get a better price. Good hunting. R egards. D4KGP.
 

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Thanks everyone. My mechanic is by no means a K/N series specialist and at this point I'm inclined to just see if I can maybe resolve this myself with the salient advice from the forum. If that means buying another starter motor, then so-be-it. With that in mind, there are 2 on Rimmers and I am unsure if either are suitable. Could anyone advise if either (or which) of these would be best?

Starter Motor - Manual - New Outright - NAD101340P | Rimmer Bros

Motor - Starter Engine - 1.1 KW - NAD101340 | Rimmer Bros

Thanks everyone, your help is invaluable!
There' one on ebay genuine SAIC MG NAD101340. £79.99. noberne seals-com. Have a look. Regards. D4KGP.
 

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Thanks everyone. My mechanic is by no means a K/N series specialist and at this point I'm inclined to just see if I can maybe resolve this myself with the salient advice from the forum.
A starter is a starter, no matter if it is on a k-series or any other engine, any mechanic can change a starter.

Make sure the electrical connections on the starter and on the wires are clean.
 

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A starter is a starter, no matter if it is on a k-series or any other engine, any mechanic can change a starter.

Make sure the electrical connections on the starter and on the wires are clean.
I appreciate that, but I have become somewhat disenfranchised with the mechanic now and will not be taking it back there. He has made various claims, such as the starting issue was the immobiliser, or the battery, or that he couldn't recreate the issue and it starts fine for him. He said he checked the fault codes and there are none reported - I have never been able to get it to communicate with an ODB reader and have read that is a known issue with the Chinese models.

I may be wrong, but I wonder whether he even replaced the starter motor previously at this point. I have a new one on order and will be attempting to replace it myself in the coming weeks - once I get the old one out at least I can see if it is indeed a new one.
 
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