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Bit strange that, usually starter motors have a contactor that engergises a large electromagnet in the unit itself which throws the pinion into the flywheel....when it's gone forward suffiently the contacts fot the motor are made. By letting off position 3 you kill the electromagnet and the mechanism returns but a spring which cuts the motor contacts as well.

If it were mine I'd take the thing off and see how it works, from what you describe sounds like somethings sticking. Mebbe my LEW starter motor write up might help further.

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I started by looking at my starter motor and thinking it cdould do with a bit of TLC , it looked terrible, as it had never been off the car since day one which was self evident when I tried to take it off, I then decided to have it overhauled by a firm in Borehamwood for

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