questions about starter motors, solenoids, and the connections thereon

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What could cause my Honda Civic to not start? And how can I address the issue?

I need help trouble shooting my honda civic. It will not start. I was driving it earlier today and I went to drive it again when it would not start. I'm glad I was at home when it decided to quit. ...
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What are the audible symptoms of a failing starter motor?

My 2004 Subaru WRX has 110000 miles on the odometer and I'm worried about the original equipment starter motor. Here are the audible symptoms that have me concerned: During the winter, I noticed ...
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Can hooking up jumper cables incorrectly damage the electrical system of the receiving vehicle?

Our Jeep was having problems turning over, so we called a tow truck driver. He connected the jumper cables incorrectly, starting a small fire on the battery box. After the fire was out, the Jeep no ...
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Started stuck when it's cold outside (-35C) subaru outback 2006

We live in Quebec and it gets really cold out here. Since two weeks the temperature gets around -35C and sometimes my subby won't start. At first I suspected the battery itself, but when the problem ...
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Can a starter fail and then work intermittently?

A few days ago my 2003 Honda Accord would not start. Turning the key turned on all electronics and I could hear what I believe to be something in the fuel system spinning as I attempted to start the ...
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Failing starter motor - why does whacking it help?

Starter motors can be notorious for intermittent cranking issues towards the end of their useful life. Why is it that some starter motors can be persuaded to crank the engine by hitting or tapping ...
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What happens if you keep starting the car for too long?

If you're starting the engine and it has already started but you keep pressing the key and the starter keeps working while the engine is running. What can this cause?? Could it harm anything?
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Why no alternate (hand-cranked, spring-loaded) starter for a car?

A dead battery is a common and serious problem. At a minimum it takes time to jump-start the car. But oftentimes a second car is unavailable, or there's no jumper cables, or a serial killer is ...
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How to diagnose a starter motor that does not work

My e46 M3 would not start when I got to the parking garage after work. When I first turned the key, I heard a sound like grinding gears, but I was so startled that I immediately stopped trying to ...
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Does a jump starter with lower amperage than your car battery work?

I have a 3.0 litre V6 Diesel Jaguar XJ which has a 850amp battery. A fair number of people on this 400amp Amazon jump starter say it started their 3.0 litre cars fine. ...
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My car engine stops turning over when starting

Twice now my car engine has stopped cranking mid start. It doesn't seem to be a power problem as the radio, wipers ... all seem to work. The ignition key simply doesn't do anything anymore. In once ...
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Why does the starter motor not start on my 2003 Nissan Primera?

I have a 2003 Nissan Primera, Diesel which has been working without any issues. Last night I drive it 40 miles, parked, then tried to use it 2 hours later but couldn't start the engine. Now, when I ...
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Manually operating F150 starter motor

The vehicle in question is a 1997 F150 with a broken ignition switch. Inserting the key and turning it just spins. "Fortunately", the switch was left in the "on" position; the steering wheel is not ...
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Upgrading starter wire?

I did an alternator upgrade recently, and I have 3 feet of 1/0awg wire left over. Would it make any difference if I were to use this remaining wire to replace my starter's current 6awg wire? I have ...
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1998 BMW 318is excessive current draw - possible starter issue

My 1997 BMW 318is started making a whirring noise that varies with engine speed, and an electrical burning smell after driving, and the battery goes flat very quickly. I measured the current draw ...
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Ford F-700 starter motor

When starting my '79 Ford F700 bucket truck, the starter motor continues to crank after the engine starts and the key is released. Is the starter bad, the ignition switch faulty, or the solenoid ...
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Remote Starter/Bypass Module Issue - 1999 Buick Regal [Viper 4103XV and XpressKit PLJX Bypass]

I have a 1999 Buick Regal that I installed a Viper 4103XV remote starter [3/4 installed, anyway :)] and XpressKit PLJX bypass module in. I've yet to be able to get it to start consistently is the #1 ...
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When cranking an engine between 15 second intervals is ok?

The service manual in my car says that I should wait for 15 second before trying to crank the engine a second time. So does this website. make sure not to crank the engine for more than 15 ...
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'03 Mazda Tribute needs jumped every time it starts

I have a 2003 Mazda Tribute. I'm not entirely sure what the problem is with the vehicle. I suppose it could be the alternator or just a dead battery, but could also be something more detailed. I have ...
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Slow chugs from starter with warm engine but not cool engine?

Suburban 1998. Starts pretty good at first, but after a 30 minute drive it is sounds like trouble. A good start usually has a quick series of short chugs, each getting stronger until less than a ...
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Could less than optimal battery charge prevent starter bendix drive from engaging flywheel?

With a less than optimal 12.2 volts at the battery terminals and the bendix drive at the starter failing to pop and engage the flywheel, would battery charge be a likely cause of such a failure? Or ...
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2007 Honda Civic Will Not Start Unless Steering Wheel Is Turned To The Left

MY 2007 Honda Civic won't start unless I pull very hard on the steering wheel to the left. It will try to turn over but nothing happens until the wheel is turned.
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Intermittent no crank issues

My girlfriend has 2003 VW Beetle (2.0L, 5-speed manual). Sometimes, when you turn the key to crank over the car it tries to turn over but then hits a wall. No clicking happens at all. It starts to ...
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My 2009 Vauxhall Corsa D Won't Start

I measured the voltage of the battery without the key in the ignition and it's 12.6. When I insert my key and turn on the ignition the electrics work fine, the headlights come on etc. When I turn ...
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2008 Pontiac Grand Prix Fails to Start and Electronics Go Awry

My mother-in-law drove over this morning to pick up my wife, and when they tried to leave the car wouldn't start. Not only that; the horn honked, the wipers started, the trunk popped open, and the ...
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Jumping car with too many amps?

Is it bad to jump your car with too many amps (i.e., with a 1000 amp jumper vs. a 400 amp jumper)? Or does the car regulate how many amps it will take? EDIT: I was told 400 amps is enough for most ...
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Lost electricity to cab and Engine won't turn over

My '94 mazda b4000 recently lost electricity to the cab and the engine won't turn over. I will get in, the seatbelt beeping will start, then that will stop. I will put the key in the ignition and ...
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Renault Modus wont start

The car is a Renault Modus 1.4 16v Dynamique 5dr 2005. The symptoms are: Car wouldn't start last week. The car cranks but does not start. Push started the car in 2nd, engine starts. Took The car ...
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Ford Focus - bad starter?

Car 1.6L Ford Focus estate, made in 2000. It is right hand drive, although I doubt that matters. Issue When the ignition key is turned from "On" to "Start", there is a click (sounds like a relay ...
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Should starter pinion be greased?

When replacing a starter (or reinstalling the old one), should the pinion that that powers the flywheel (is that actually the flywheel?) be greased or not?
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1999 Ford pickup starter whining

1999 Ford F150 2wd 6 cylinder - What would cause the starter to make a whining sound when you start the truck and will not quit whining and gets very hot on the starter? The Bendix will not disengage. ...
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Batery is above 12 volts but car ignition fades

I've got this car that does not start and seems like a battery problem at first, when you turn the key it doesn't turn on and it sounds like the battery is fading, but when i chek the voltage it show ...
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Current from key to solenoid of starter motor relay

I am considering installing a starter motor immobilizing relay inline with the starter setting of the key and starter solenoid. I recently got a MAH-112-C-4 online. It has a 30A switching ...
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98 Tiburon won't start and doesn't make a noise

I have a 98 hyundai tiburon. recently the battery light went on when I was driving. the next day my girlfriend left the headlights on and the battery died. We tried to jump it with no luck. I got the ...
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1998 Chevy Lumina won’t start, crank, or click

I have a 1998 Chevrolet Lumina and recently I have had intermittent starting issues. My brother and I bought a new starter and put it in and it still wouldn’t start. After replacing the starter we’ve ...
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2nd starter installed that is just spinning and not engaging the flywheel

I have a 2000 Chrysler cirrus 6cyl 2.5 24 valve multi port injection. Originally I had backed my car in and parked, then tried to start the car but only got clicking. I found out later that at that ...
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can starting a battery dead car cause damage to anything?

I just imported car from japan, I had to drive 1000km from shipping port to get it home. Problem is Battery turned out to be plain dead. I stopped once at the fuel station and couldn't get it back ...
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Does starter replacement make sense in a heat sink situation?

Related to: Slow chugs from starter with warm engine but not cool engine? It seems that while the engine is running, it heats up the starter, and then it sounds like it is barely able to start. This ...
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Car won't start problem

I have a problem with my car it won’t start. Just a little background on my car, I have a 2008 Nissan Versa and I have a cold air intake installed in my car with a hydro shield covering the air filter ...
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unpowered cigarette lighter

I've installed a remote car starter in Hyundai Elantra. When started remotely with no key in the ignition, the radio is off and cigarette lighter socket is off (it is back-lit though) I would like to ...
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Clicking sound when trying to use electronics in my car

I own Toyota Avensis 2001 D4D 2.0 estate. Here is the problem: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ury2rt9wct6dasz/2014-08-18%2017.25.46.mp4 When I am trying to start it - it wont even turn the starter, ...
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Roaring sound when starting or running with my 95 LT1 Camaro Z28

My car has had an intermittent starting problem with moisture since the beginning of this year. When it rains, it's either very difficult to start or it won't start at all. I was planning on figuring ...
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Will any starter relay / solenoid do? For my motorcycle

I'm looking for a starter relay / solenoid for my 2004 Yamaha TT600RE. That part seems to be scarce for this bike. How interchangeable are solenoids for motorcycles? Will any Yamaha 600cc solenoid ...
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Chevy Cobalt starter has two hot wires that have current regardless of ignition switch

I'm currently trying to replace the starter on a 2006 Chevy Cobalt. When I uninstalled the starter, I remove two screws holding the starter and another two, one that holds the ground and one that ...
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Which car parts require more energy than the starter?

Today, my car didn't start. I think that the crank was turning over because I could hear the loud sound a car makes just before starting up but the car was not starting. Anyways, I called a mechanic. ...
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Motorcycle starter sometimes clicks, but doesn't start - tapping with hammer helps it start

It seems to happen particularly when the bike is hot. But sometimes when I go to start up the bike, the solenoid will click, but the starter won't turn over. Tapping the starter with a hammer always ...
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2001 Sienna Won't Start, Dim Dashboard Lights

My mom's 2001 Sienna won't start. When I try to start the car, I get a very rapid clicking noise. The lights are very dim; in fact, the dashboard lights flicker constantly and are almost going out. ...
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Lights works when car turns on but won't start when I turn the keys. Would it be the starter?

When I turn my keys and all lights are on but when I try to turn the car on nothing happens. Would it be that my starter is bad and need a new replace? Any help?
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How is the power from the battery distributed when starting a motorcycle?

When starting a motor the emf from the battery creates spark (ignition system), but it also moves the engine's pistons (starter). My question(s): 1. Which requires more power - the ignition system, ...
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My 2000 Chevy impala won't start

At first when I tried to start it the lights came on and the check engine light came on but no start. Now I get no reaction at all. Need help