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Offline JohnnyPopper

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Starter Grenaded
« on: April 09, 2019, 01:55:11 PM »
Weird thing happened this weekend:

Driving on the beach, and not really abusing the truck, just powering through some sand in 4x.

Come up on level hard pack, and the starter engages while engine is running.

I slow to a stop, and the starter is just howling so I shut it down.

I open the hood and oil around the starter has caught fire, not alot, but it was burning.

Got that out, tried to restart and only the solenoid engaged but no spinney town.

Towed home, changed out, no repeat of symptom.

Has anyone experienced this? Wiring to solenoid looked good. Starter switch?

I will perform an autopsy and get back to you with finding.

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Re: Starter Grenaded
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2019, 02:52:32 PM »
Was the starter soaked in oil?
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Offline JohnnyPopper

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Re: Starter Grenaded
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2019, 01:03:30 PM »
no, just the oily surface caught fire.

Offline haroldwca

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Re: Starter Grenaded
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2019, 10:22:53 PM »
Something caused the solenoid to engage the starter.  I wonder if a glob of wet sand bridged the starter terminal with the battery cable terminal.  Unlikely, but this is an unlikely sort of problem.  Alternately, an internal short may have occurred.  Again, unlikely, but something happened.  You might take the starter to a discount auto parts store and have them bench test it.  Sounds like a new starter will probably solve the problem.  Let us know what transpires.

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Re: Starter Grenaded
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2019, 09:14:18 PM »
that's the best theory yet!

I already change it out, I'm redoing a 1980 C-10 so had a starter ready to go.

It truly was a strange occurrence.

Checked my ignition switch for loose travel/play, she is tight.