If the voltages between the phases are correct, you should be able to change direction and have no toasting of the motor.
Maybe there is a more detailed explanation of the sequence of events???
wolfdogs post # 22 after yours is the correct answer. Switch A phase with C phase to reverse but leave B alone.
The "sequence of events" was i replaced a 3 Phase RTU blower motor, same as old one, and added a motor starter. I needed to reverse the direction so i just picked any two phases and reversed. The starter tripped out. I took my amp probe and found the amps on each phase were way out of wack. Like 5-2.5-0 on each of the 3 phases. I then reversed things back and used the other phase. Guess what all 3 phases even out and no tripping overload.
I don't understand it completely myself and maybe wolfdog can explan it in more detail.
The voltage of a delta connected system from B phase to ground is actually 240V. The grounded or nuetral conductor is derived by grounding the midpoint of 2 windings. these systems are also referred to as Hi leg, Red leg, Wild leg etc. The reason is between 2 phases to ground the voltage is 120V , but the the third phase to ground it's 240V. There are a lot of these systems that are not marked. A clue is when you see a panel with every third space blank. In a 3 phase application they operate like any other 3 phase connected system. The NEC requires an overload protective device in every phase. That could be an overload heater in a motor starter, a fuse or a common trip circuit breaker. In NJ, PSEG has some delta systems in the older cities where 1 phase is insulated from ground, but the voltage between phases is 240V. PSEG also makes the hi leg phase C phase in the meter enclosure and we have to transpose that conductor from C phase in the meter enclosure to B phase in the panel as per NEC. These conductors and bus bars should be marked with orange tape, paint etc.
The type of service that you are referring to is a 4wire, mid point grounded Delta; VTP99 is describing a 3wire, corner grounded Delta. On this latter type, one phase is indeed grounded and is 0 volts to ground. However, the grounded phase is still current carrying just like a neutral is current carrying and is grounded. The drawing he attached is correct. This type of service is only found in commercial/industrial where there are only 3 phase loads.
A 4wire, mid point grounded Delta service is "hot" on all phases; 240v between all phases, and 208v to ground on the "stinger" or high phase.