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Is it ever neccesary to burn a starter out?

You could pretty much guarantee that he wouldn't treat his own car like this Starter motors are not designed for continuous use and will overheat due to the high currents involved and should be left ...
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Why do car starter motors draw so much current?

All electric motors consume more current at startup compared to steady state. Check out the label on your fridge for example (or look at this one): the max current on the label is 2-3 times higher ...
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Car won't start after sitting for 2 years even with a jump. Is it a starter or alternator issue?

If the battery is completely dead, especially after sitting for two years, it most likely won't take a charge. Without the battery getting charged, you most likely don't have enough juice coming ...
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How can I disable my 2002 Ford Explorer so someone with a key can't start it?

If your friend is moving your vehicle without your consent and does so deliberately your friend is committing a crime. Vehicle theft. If you are asleep when this happens then consent was not given. I ...
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How can I disable my 2002 Ford Explorer so someone with a key can't start it?

I'll make it very simple for you, Dave. Just remove the relay highlighted, in yellow, from the diagram above. This goes to the starter.
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How can I disable my 2002 Ford Explorer so someone with a key can't start it?

Remove the publicly available key. Make one copy of the key for each person or household who needs to be able to move the car. Give a key to each person and have them sign an agreement that they ...
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Why do car starter motors draw so much current?

It takes a LOT of power to get the rotating assembly - crank, pistons (or rotors), etc. - moving. For reference, try turning your engine over with a breaker bar on the crank. It's not super-easy (...
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Car won't start after sitting for 2 years even with a jump. Is it a starter or alternator issue?

It's the battery Starting an engine takes a much larger energy impulse than jumper cables can deliver directly through their typically-thin wires and the small surface area of their alligator clamps. ...
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2003 Suzuki Katana GSX600F - No Start Issue

I believe your clutch safety switch has been damaged You have a switch underneath your clutch lever. It forces you to pull the clutch in to start the bike. There is a small phillips head #2 screw ...
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Car won't start after sitting for 2 years even with a jump. Is it a starter or alternator issue?

Others have already told you the battery is a goner, I'll go into why: When a battery discharges lead sulfate builds up on the plates. It is deposited in very tiny crystals that will covert back to ...
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Why do car starter motors draw so much current?

A characteristic of electric motors is that they produce the highest torque when stationary, coupled to this is a very high initial current 400 to 600A for cars and commercial starter motors can ...
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How can I disable my 2002 Ford Explorer so someone with a key can't start it?

As stated in other answers, you really need to get your new housemate to start listening to you. If he doesn't respect your property, do you really want him living with you? With regards to the ...
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How can I move my push-to-start car with the starter?

I've got the same sort of function on my Seat Leon (and on my old BMW 320D) - if you drop the clutch quickly enough it will move the car a little. Although I doubt that's enough to get you clear of a ...
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Can I avoid buying a ridiculously expensive replacement starter motor?

From the picture it looks as if your brushes are completely worn out. If there's no other fault, that is (theoretically) an easy and cheap fix. It appears however that getting brushes for this ...
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What happens when you start a car?

To supplement kyle's answer I'll include this excellent animation, since a picture's worth a thousand keystrokes. The section on Electrics and how the animation showing how the timing belt connects ...
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Car won't start...alternator or starter?

To differentiate between the starter and the alternator you can check the battery voltage – should be about 12.6 with the engine off and 13.5-14.2 with the engine running if the alternator is doing ...
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Is it worth the effort to overhaul a 95 integra starter?

In 30 years of repairing these units I have never found one to have brushes and commutators that were worn beyond the service limit. The failure in these units is the solenoid contacts. These are not ...
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Starter stays engaged

The starter circuit is typically quite simple. The high current wire goes from the battery to the starter motor. The ignition sends a signal to a relay so it closes and allows current to flow to the ...
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Can you still "motor" a manual transmission car with the starter motor?

You can still do it in a way. Just press the clutch before engaging the starter and let it go. The car will jump forward and move. Some cars might now allow the starter to continue operating. But you ...
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2012 Ninja 250 Clicks When Trying To Start

This appears to be the main starter relay. It can very well be the issue to your problem. A relay provides a way to get a higher amperage circuit through to things like the starter solenoid without ...
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Car Clicks While Turning Over

I would thoroughly look at the battery cables again. While the clicking noise usually indicates a battery that is too weak to start the vehicle, the battery would not be able to build up enough power ...
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Starting Problem

Make sure the car is in park or neutral with the parking brake on and apply power to the S terminal on the starter. This will tell you if it's the starter or not. If the engine turns over the fault ...
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Spinning/buzzing/whining from engine compartment without the key in the ignition

After some research, appears common problems are "bad starter solenoid" or "bad ignition switch." I didn't attempt to diagnose the ignition switch as it turned out to be the starter. In my case, ...
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Starter motor doesn't "let go"

I could be that simple. A binding solenoid/mechanism can cause what you are experiencing. Looking at the top image, the solenoid (#7) is on top of the starter. When power is added, the solenoid moves ...
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How can I move my push-to-start car with the starter?

This is not so much a safety feature that has been taken away, but one that has been added. The starter motor was never intended as an alternate means of moving a vehicle. It is much more likely to ...
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How can I disable my 2002 Ford Explorer so someone with a key can't start it?

Remove fuse #26 (Brake-shift interlock) and the starter relay. This will prevent the "friend" from starting the car, and will also prevent the "friend" from simply putting it in neutral and pushing ...
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Starter spins but doesn't engage flywheel

Its probably not the fuseable link; more likely is that the starter motor needs to be shimmed. The starter motor has a small gear ( the pinion gear) which sticks out on a shaft to engage the ...
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Can starter be used as an alternator?

They were combined many years ago, one was called the Dyna-start (made by Lucas aka the prince of darkness... :) ), other manufacturers were Bosch and Delco. They fell out of popularity due to the ...
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Is this diagnostic correct?

It may be the starter but you'd want to check for battery voltage at the B terminal on the starter and check that the circuit on the S terminal is OK first. When checking the S terminal have someone ...
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Subaru - seem to have broken a tooth in starter pinion or ring gear

The ring gear is more likely than the starter. Remove the starter, inspect its gear and then rotate the engine one full revolution while looking at the ring gear teeth. This is not a common problem. ...
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