414 starting problems
Late Jan. early Feb of 2007 I had trouble starting my 414.
after checking out the fuel , ignition systems, Timing etc I was on the verge of pulling my hair out at which point I decided to just park it up and wait for the better weather. Yesterday I took another look at the problem and when the engine turned over but failed to start, I noticed that the alternator was not turning even though the belt was. This was puting a heavy load on to the engine which in turn meant that the starter motor was labouring. The leads from the battery to the motor were both getting very warm and the power drain from the battery meant that the spark was not sufficient to start the engine. I slackend of the alternator so that the belt slipped easily over it and BINGO, the car burst into life. I would not have imagined that a siezed Alternator would have prevented starting. Whilst picking up a replacement from the local breakers, I learned that it was a common problem with that particular alternator, that the bearings sieze solidly. Hope my experience is of some help to others with a similar starting problem.