signs i need a new starter in my car?

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  1. Lithium381

    Lithium381 Lifer

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    I think it's the starter, but somethings buggin' out in my car, the engine won't turn over when i start it, i just hear a faint click, click.....i have to turn the key in there about 20 times before it turns over.......any insight onto that one? it's an 82 honda accord
     
  2. JC

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    Could be just the starter relay/solenoid, or a loose cable connection.

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  3. notfred

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    starter, solenoid, battery.....
     
  4. Pepsi90919

    Pepsi90919 Banned

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    when the starter went in my bonneville it gradually cranked slower and slower until it wouldn't start at all. they had to whack the starter with a wrench while starting it to unstick it enough to drive it to the service station to fix it.
     
  5. Lithium381

    Lithium381 Lifer

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    i don't think it's the battery, just replaced that about two months ago, along with a new alternator......what's a solenoid? loose cable eh? i geuss i'll try and find a manual for it and check everything....
     
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    Could be a faulty ignition switch.


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  7. JC

    JC Diamond Member

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    The solenoid is a relay that engages and/or sends current to the starter motor. If the contacts in it are burnt up, it may not allow the starter motor to spin up.

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  8. RossMAN

    RossMAN Grand Nagus

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    I had this same problem with my car. Turned out it was the starter.
     
  9. DrumminBoy

    DrumminBoy Golden Member

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    the same thing happened on my 92 civic. it would click a bunch of times before finally turning over. About a week after it started i had to replace my whole starter (250$), but i think it was because of excessive use. (it was my first time driving a stick, so i killed it every 2 mins. or so :))
     
  10. Guest

    Clean the battery terminals first

    Turn on your headlights,start vehicle.
    If the lights dim a lot,the starter is possibly shorted,If the lights do not dim at all,you have a bad connection.
    You should see a small amount of dimming when everything is in working order.

    To properly check the starter,you are going to have to check the starting circuit with a amp meter wired in series.