Yes, the light dims when we touch the start button. That's what the book says. The Mechanic's Manual also has wonderful advice on testing the starter motor. "Install the engine. Test the starter motor." I'm unsure if that's a direct translation from the original Japanese language.
Treacherous 5.2 Mile Roundtrip to Target
I nearly died several times on the way to Target to buy those all-important batteries for the volt meters. First, I wasn't even out of the neighborhood before some bozo opened his door right in front of my truck. I wasn't scared; I had the larger vehicle. But the guy was on his phone & didn't check his mirrors before that awesome & mighty irresponsible fling of the door. I swerved & breezed on down to the stop sign. Immediately, a young woman on her phone in a white Jeep nearly plowed into my rear end. I took accident-avoidance procedures & pulled away from the stop sign. Dang! I thought, she's following me. All the time she chit-chatted on her phone & tail-gated me all the way up the hill to one of the busiest intersections in San Diego County: Balboa Ave meets Genessee Ave.
I thought she was going to plow into me, so I took evasive maneuvers over a sidewalk, through a gap in the bushes, & narrowly missing several Girl Scouts in full regalia selling cookies (My, oh, my, entrepreneurs are starting young these days). I whipped around the bank, over two mores curbs (I"m glad I installed those Bilstein shocks several months ago), & I entered the main parking lot. And there she was! Still giggling into her phone & endangering everybody in her path. I slammed the truck into the closest parking spot. I'd rather walk several blocks just to avoid her. Heart rate: 120 bpm, not too bad considering.
I got home & slammed a battery into voltmeter #1. Instantly, one of the leads broke off the battery connection. "No big deal," I thought. "I have another one." I opened up voltmeter #2. The lead on that one was already broken.
I've made a mess of the whole day, so I think I'll just go to the gym & lift about 19 tons of cold steel.
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If there is one thing I have learned throughout this process it is this: Check your respirator for spiders before you put it on.