I tried to start my car today, after driving for about an hour. I heard
"Click" and nothing, it did this several times, and I couldn't start it for
about 1 hour and 100 times trying to start it. (I didn't try it non stop, I
went and ate lunch, etc.) Eventually, it did start. This has happened
before, but only took 2-3 times before the car started. IS my starter going
Sounds like it but should be tested before being replaced. Use ONLY a Bosch
rebuilt (i.e. rebuilt by Bosch) not a brand-x rebuilt.
425 White Horse Pike
i got three years out of one autozone starter, and thats with a lot of cranking
when the glow plugs were not working,they replaced it for free. they said they
were losing money on me because this was the second or third one. but they have
to honer the warranty.
A 1920s Rolls manual put it best, "Judicious use of the hammer may
facilitate starting" The starter will work again when it cools down and
there may be a number of reasons.
The coil is failing
The brushes are fouled, sticking or worn out
The solenoid is sticking
The starter is getting too hot from a missing heat shield or leaking
The cable connection is corroded at either the solenoid or battery
The battery is weak
The ground cable for the engine has corroded or is not making good
Suggestions in order;
Clean the battery connections
Check the connection at the solenoid
Check the engine ground cable
Check the battery for cranking amps
If no problems are found, it may be time to pull the starter and clean
or replace the brushes
About 20K miles ago, when my car only had 340K miles on her, I thought about
replacing the starter after she was doing the same thing.
Click , click , click, especially during wet weather.
It turned out to be a bad ground wire, I believe, as I redid the ground
cable from the battery to a healthier spot for it,
and have not heard a click since.
I would always suspect wiring before a bad component, although they do go
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