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Old 04-26-2002, 01:13 AM
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Starter Motor Trivia

Out of curiosity, how long will a starter motor run, while the engine is running, before being damaged or failing?

I have a pushbutton starter on my 89 260E and it may have been stuck, and the starter engaged, for about 2 or 3 minutes of city driving. I say "may have" because I did not actually hear the starter motor spinning (but the radio was loud, so I would not have heard it anyway).

I did notice a hot-wire smell, from the starter pushbutton switch, which then went away rather quickly. I assume there was a brief short, or the starter was engaged -- but if the starter was engaged, would the wires get hot?

(The starter works normally now.)

Eric Silver
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