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My motor is practicaly new it has 2500 miles on it, high compression, dual side draughts and all the bells and whistles to make it run like a champ.

i have put a rebuilt e30 m3 starter

so sometimes it starts right up on the first crank - other times it'll make a clunking noise that sounds like the starter is not disengaging right and with the hood open smoke will come out from the starter area - and then there are times where it just spins over and doesnt want to start at all.

the starter has two black and white wires connected to the solenoid and i changed the terminals so there isn't any loose connections, i've read the forums on wiring the m3 starter up but it didn't make much sense to me lookin at my set up and i'm not very electrical savy, i don't have the support bracket mounted (i dont know if this could affect it) i'm lookin at gettin the one from the m3.

hopefully this is enough information for someone to help me out, my 2002 has just become my daily driver so i'd like to get it where it starts right up like it does sometimes.

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defective starter motor...don't take a chance--if the thing is smoking after some starting tries, pull the thing out and have it tested. I'd be really leery of a starter that works only intermittently, and smokes when it malfunctions.

You don't want an '02 flambe, or even a fried wiring harness. Remember, the starter is under the carb and fuel line...

cheers

mike

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ok i pulled it out took it to a local autozone who ran it through 3 different test and it passed them all so i know it's not the starter so now the wiring.

so do both of the wires leadin to the solenoid connect to the ignition,

and when i pull one of them off it does nothing but if i pull the other off it starts and at first when i did this it started right up a few times and then now its actin up again.

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