Questions tagged [starter]

Typically an electric motor used to turn an internal combustion engine to begin the combustion process.

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Car Clicks While Turning Over

I was at the park driving around, and I decided to stop at a shelter to use the bathroom, I was gone for 1-2 minutes. I came back and my car starts clicking (the clicking was fast, not slow). So, I ...
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Car won't start…alternator or starter?

My car will not start. A month ago it wouldn't start. At that time it was still cranking (weakly) but not starting. I bought a new battery and installed it. It still wouldn't start until I jumped ...
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Suburban won't start

I have 96 suburban that won't start. We replaced the fuel pump 7 months ago. The fuel filter last week. Every few days it won't start, but now not at all. It tries to, but it won't engage, it acts ...
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Honda Element won't start

2006 model has erratic non-starting problem. Battery new Dec, 2015 and starter ground wire replaced last week. Could key with battery and chip be the problem?
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Spinning/buzzing/whining from engine compartment without the key in the ignition

Hopped in my car one day, attempted to start it, no "engine turn over" at all, reminded me of when the battery is dead. However, after "releasing the key" noticed an odd noise coming from the engine, ...
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Starting a Nissan Sentra

I have a 2006 Nissan Sentra. My lights and radio are coming on when I turn the key but the car will not start, it doesn't make a sound. I had a full service in February 2016 & I am 5,000 mi ...
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2003 Kia Pregio Diesel Van: engine starter problem (video included)

Included video is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iorvSoMjvaA&feature=youtu.be The reason for pausing to start is for the glow plugs (diesel van). Battery is OK! I tested myself and at an ...
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Starting trouble

04 Honda Accord EX doesn't start. Only the dash board lights up when turning the ignition. While nothing happens with the engine. A few days prior, I took the car to Advance auto store...ran battery,...
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I have a '67 Camaro 350 with a starter that will not work when hot

When the engine is hot the starter it will not work. When I run a wire from the battery to the neutral safety switch it starts. Also, after it cools down it starts.
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no crank, no start issue: main relay clicking like crazy

My issue is similar to this question over here (intermittent crank no start). Though my no-start is now definite and no longer intermittent. I have had no starts about 60% of the time when I try and ...
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Can't Start '08 Civic (Diagnosis)

I bought an '08 Honda Civic LX (110k miles). After a few days of flawless driving, I noticed a couple wires NOT connected that were coming from the hood opener-sensor thing. I plugged them together ...
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Engine noise and smoke while driving with low oil, no longer starts

I have a 1971 Ford F250 XLT. I was driving it down the highway and I realized I needed oil badly. I told my wife "we gotta get oil first thing tomorrow" and she said okay. 5 minutes later, 10 minutes ...
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Motorcycle won't start without jumping the solenoid

If my bike wont start but does start when I use the wrench on the solenoid trick; does that mean I need to replace the solenoid? I'm having trouble working this out as I'm new to mechanics and trying ...
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Car Would Not Start

My car just died. It was parked and when I went to start it nothing happened. No clicking sound, no nothing. The electric wndows still worked. I did not check lights. Had to have it towed to repair ...
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Troubleshooting non-functional starter after collision

My 2002 Ford Explorer was in a front end collision. The engine was not damaged. It did push my radiator up against the fan while we were still on the scene. I freed the fan, hit the fuel reset and ...
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Is the diagnosis from a battery/starter/alternator tester meaningful?

At many auto parts stores they will test - often for free - a vehicle's electrical system by attaching a device to the positive and negative terminals of the battery. That's all they do. Then you ...
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Starter squeals and fails to start

The sound reminds me of what it sounds like on older model cars when you turn the key to start when the engine is already running and the starter makes a loud shrill. It started a few weeks ago and ...
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Starter Motor Intermittently will not engage

2003 Kia Pregio Diesel Van just purchased 1 week ago. Owner claimed no problems. Just did an oil change. Yesterday when I turned the key to start, the starter motor did not engage. No sound, I just ...
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Dashboard lights flickering on and off after changing a starter

Had my starter changed on a 2000 grand am. Now won't stay started putting while was started. Battery light on and dashboard lights flickering on and off. While it was running I had it in park but it ...
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What happens when you start a car?

Like what happens when you first turn the key and start it up? If it makes a difference I'm talking about a L4 engine. What's the play by play. How do the pistons, valves and crankshaft get moving?
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2006 vauxhall astra keeps having battery drained and wont start

Hi i bought an 06 astra in october and since then its had 4 batteries and a new alternator but it still dies over night. I was told potentially the radio was draining it and that was a knows fault. I ...
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holden jackaroo won't kick over until the third attempt

I've just bought a holden jackaroo and the last 3 days in the morning I have tried to start it but it doesn't even try to kick over but normally on the third try it starts like there is nothing wrong, ...
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Diesel car struggles to start when cold

Recently had the timing belt, water pump, all valves and rocker arms, fuel filter, oil filter, air filter changed on my 2006 Audi A3 8P 2.0 TDI 140. I've had it back for two days now and it struggles ...
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how much electrolyte is usually used on a regular 100 amp lead acid battery

I want to replace my 100 amp hour lead acid battery electrolyte, but i'm not sure the amount required. I want to make it right the first time. So if someone could please tell me how much apprx ...
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What is causing my starter to arc?

I put a new solenoid in and went to start the motor. The starter ran continuously with the key off. I overrode the solenoid and tried hooking the ground to the engine, and I touching the positive ...
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Can I avoid buying a ridiculously expensive replacement starter motor?

My situation can be described with a photo: That's my starter motor, which doesn't appear to be in a healthy condition. What I would like to know is, can I avoid spending over $500 on a new one in ...
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Weird starting and not starting for my 2005 Kia Sedona

My 2005 Kia Sedona has a weird start and not start issue about every couple of weeks. It is currently doing it more often. It also does this weird thing when I am trying to start it, it seems almost ...
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Starter problem with 1994 Honda Accord

so, when I turn the key to start position on the Accord (EX) no sound is made. You can push start it, and the battery is fine - lights, horn, everything. But there is absolutely no noise. I'm ...
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Power to separate starter switch only when motor isn't running

I need a circuit to disengage power to the start switch which is separate from key switch when engine has started so there is no chance of accidentally engaging the starter with the already operating ...
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Is this diagnostic correct?

I know diagnostics can be prone to failure, but I want to know if this failure is correctly diagnosed, not if the diagnosis is in fact correct. Earlier my starter motor emitted a higher pitched noise ...
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Starter stays engaged

Have a 2000 f350 7.3 super duty. The starter stayed engaged and I was unable to turn off the motor, although turning the ignition back to off, the starter stayed on. Ultimately the starter burned out ...
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Pontiac Solstice - Starter Issue

When I turn the key to start my car it cranks but wont start. The starter still turns when I take my hand off the key. When I turn the key again it starts up perfect. Any ideas regarding what ...
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Motorcycle Starting Motor does not crank, WHY?

Eureka! After replacing the starter relay purchased on eBay with the original Honda one the engine starts and runs perfectly! ''''''2''''' UPDATE: installed a new fully charged battery = still no ...
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Subaru - seem to have broken a tooth in starter pinion or ring gear

Subaru Forester (manual transmission). Stupidly restarted car after a stall but before engine stopped turning. Now there is a noise like a broken part inside the engine. Must be piece of starter ...
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Renault Clio 1.2 2003 all the car does is clicks - Starting Issue

It cannot be jump started and the battery is ok. Can you help? I have a Renault Clio 2003 1.2 I have checked the battery, it's is ok. There is a clicking sound coming from the fuse box I think it is ...
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MINI R53 won't turn over - immobiliser problem?

Mini Cooper S (2003) I've been noticing recently that it's been taking two attempts to get my car to turn over. I twist the key to the third position and nothing. I then try again and it works. This ...
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How Does Being in Drive Disable the Starter on an ATX Vehicle?

Being used to driving manual transmissions, I occasionally forget to put my ATX in park when I shut off the vehicle ( I'm getting better ). Today I did that without realizing it, and when I went to ...
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2012 Ninja 250 Clicks When Trying To Start

tried searching all over the Web to solve this problem without luck! My 2012 Ninja 250 keeps making a clicking noise coming from under the seat when I press the starter switch. I have a brand new ...
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Starting Problem

I have a 2002 Honda Civic LX 1.7 Engine. It won't turn over, the battery is new and all indicator lights work. It starts with Bum start but not on its own.Any sugestions would be appreciated. Thanks; ...
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2003 Suzuki Katana GSX600F - No Start Issue

So I recently purchased this motorcycle from a third party. 2 days ago it would start up fine and you could ride it. The guy I brought it from said the battery was acting cranky so you should change ...
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Can you still “motor” a manual transmission car with the starter motor?

When I learned to drive a manual transmission, I learned by accident that if I started it in gear without engaging the clutch, it would lurch forward, and might even start and drive on. (Usually I was ...
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2007 BMW X3 3.0Si wont start

I made the mistake of buying a BMW when moving to the Caribbean. It ran very well and has had a quarterly service every year. (We basically live on a permanent hill, very steep up and down) Last week ...
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honda civic 2000 model

I have a 2000 Honda Civic .... In hot weather, right after work, my car won't start. It just makes a click noise by the relay (solenoid?)... I replaced the battery and it worked fine.... Then, a few ...
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Replacing a starter motor: will i need to replace the ring gear?

My 51 plate (2001 model for the Americans on the exchange) Clio has started occasionally making a horrible grinding sound instead of starting the car. Alternatively it sometimes just makes a whizzing ...
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How can I jump the solenoid in a starter?

My friend and I recently tried to investigate why his dad's '98 Pajero wasn't starting after heavy rains. After establishing that the starter relay was fine, I was hoping that tapping the starter ...
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Old starter clicked, wont turn over engine. New starter wont even click - no noise at all

My old starter would click, but not turn the engine over. I got a brand new starter and installed it. The only two wires connected to the starter are completely different and can only be fit in the ...
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Distinguishing between mechanical and electrical failure in ignition diagnosis

After a month and a half of not driving the car, yesterday I tried to turn it on, however the only sound that I heard was the rotation of the starter, which is not engaging the flywheel (the engine is ...
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Starter solenoid clicking continuously

Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated. My car would not start yesterday. When the ignition was turned, all that could be heard was a continuous clicking which then slowed after a while, ...
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Engine starter just won't stop starting

I have a 98 Toyota privia and upon starting it the starter just keeps going. This only occurs in drive and neutral. The vehicle also starts in any gear. When I start in park the starter keeps spinning ...
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How do I get to the top bolt on the starter of my 1997 Saturn SL1?

I went to replace the starter on my car, and I can't for the life of me reach that top bolt. I removed the bottom one just fine, but I've spent maybe 2 hours trying to find the top one and I just can'...