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My router won't start anymore. I tried cleaning it out as much as I dared to take apart. It doesn't start in the plunge or fixed base. The LEDs are working and when I try starting the router I hear two clicks about a second or two apart. Once in a while it will start up for a second, but that's it.

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Isn't that a the European version of the MRC23? From your profile, you are in the U.S. Are you running this on a 220V Plug?

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Welcome Sam. Some of the older Bosches had a problem with sawdust getting in the switch. If yours doesn't have a plastic cover over the switch then that might be a possibility. A broken wire in the cord might but if you move the cord around with the router on it should make contact occasionally. It might be the brushes. Check your parts schematic for how to get to them. It might also be the electronics. For that you probably need to take it to a repair shop and let them test it.

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Isn't that a the European version of the MRC23? From your profile, you are in the U.S. Are you running this on a 220V Plug?
Yep, that's the one, but I'm not in the US. I'm indeed running off of 220.
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It seems like the brushes are indeed the problem. I've finally located and (sort of) removed them and they're all chipped at the ends. Hopefully I can figure out the right way to replace them. Doesn't seem to be too much info online. Looks like it shouldn't be too bad once I figure out how to get them off the contacts without breaking the whole thing. This is my first time around doing this. Thanks for the help.
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Some tools make it easy. They have plugs over them that you can unscrew. Others are more difficult requiring that you pull the armature part way out so that they can be removed inwardly.

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Be more inclined to think brushes as to have the switch in both the fixed & plunge base break at the same time would be a pretty big coincidence. At times I have had to remove & replace the router in the base to get it to start.
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Some tools make it easy. They have plugs over them that you can unscrew. Others are more difficult requiring that you pull the armature part way out so that they can be removed inwardly.
Well, they didn't make it easy in this one. I can get the brushes out easily enough, although the coiled spring holding them in is a little awkward to get out of the way. It's the contacts that I find perplexing. I'm not quite sure whether I should be giving the contacts a good pull to remove them (a gentle pull doesn't make them budge) or if I have to take more of the darn thing apart. Maybe when I get the new brushes it will be more evident.
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Sam the brushes and holders, and sometimes the springs, are usually all one unit.

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