Honda civic vti 1999.
While we were trying to diagnose a no start/cut out condition (Help with odd start/no start car) the mechanic kept holding the ignition on crank for prolonged times and you could smell a burning smell develop. I asked him what it was and he said it was the starter.
Despite this he repeatedly kept starting again and holding it for a few seconds at a time and the burning smell kept coming back.
While this was happening I was thinking does this guy have any idea what he's doing hes obviously toasting something and I dont see what the need to hold the ignition on crank repeatedly, for a few seconds each time where this burning smell kept coming was.
Anyway we realised the problem was elsewhere i.e ignition cylinder however I just didnt get why he needed to be so ruthless when holding the crank/starter.
I think my starter may be gone now and I'm just wondering can it be neccesary to burn the starter out or was this guy just a maniac?