Indeed it does. At the present moment in time, I'm only interested in taking the load off the starter switch in the ignition barrel by using a relay. I've ordered the materials I need and by doing a small bit of thinking, I've got the new circuit sussed out. When money allows I'll have a new starter motor in the big box of spares I have. As it's mounted directly under the intake manifold (genius positioning right there) with pipework in the way on one side. I have the feeling I'll be lying on the top of the engine to get it out! I suppose we'll see when I have the courage to do it. Fortunately the relay mod is easy. Making it neat is the hard part.David wrote: ↑Mon May 24, 2021 12:03 pm There's a mod mentioned somewhere on this forum about completely bypassing the ignition switch with relays, which I've done myself. There are 4 circuits on the ignition switch. Simply put, you just need to put relays in to take the load. It's particularly useful when the switch contacts are getting worn & produce high resistance. It might be worthwhile finding the post about it on here & looking into it further. Even if it's your starter motor that's causing the problems, it'd be worthwhile so you have less problems in the future.
Looking at the state of the starter motor though, I'd just replace it. Sure, it might be OK, BUT it might also be on the brink of failing completely, leaving you stranded somewhere. I've never worked on a 1.4 BX, but if it's the same as my Xsara, it's not too difficult to do, just you have to work by touch, instead of looking what you're doing.
As your your concern about the strut tops; when they failed on my car, they didn't dislodge or go through the bonnet, But the strut tops moved around affecting the handling & they knocked as they moved around or when going over bumps. If they're worn out, they'll need replacing in any instance. Once you get the parts, they're not that hard to do, provided that you've got all the tools & parts that you need.
Hope that helps.
There are only two connection points I haven't messed about with. One is the connection to the solenoid and the other are the switch contacts within the ignition barrel. I suspect they're rather tired so I'll set to fitting the relay kit once I'm home.