Vehicle is a 1990 Acura Integra GS 4 speed.
Problem is in the morning when I go to start it all I get is a
click,it doesn't turn over,I turn the key back sometimes once sometimes
three times then it starts.The rest of the day it runs fine and starts
right up.It seems to do it only after its been sitting overnight.
I replaced the battery about a month ago and load tested it and it
appears fine.It had the same symptoms before the battery replacement.
Any help/tips to look for would be appreciated.
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Clean the thick cable from the + terminal of the battery to the starter
(both ends!). Sand both the cable's ends and the battery post. Also sand
the negative cable and its post.
Finally, make sure the engine's ground cable is still attached and is
cleanly connected. This runs from a valve cover nut to the rad support, on
the driver's side of the rad. It has a tendency to come apart from
When you crank, does the dome light dim to nothing?
The contacts are not a problem with the '90's Mitsuba starter. Later Hondas
with Denso starters are prone to the contact problem. But then you never
really know at this age, do you? OP should add that to his list if other
stuff checks out OK.
Cleaned the wires and the ground from the motor appears to be good.
Dome light dims very little,all dash gauges are bright.
Solenoid clicks,but no turnover,it was doing it only in the
morning,now its happening more often.
Any tricks involved in removing and replacing the starter on one of
What's the battery's state-of-charge?
1) Turn headlights on for five minutes
2) Turn headlights off and wait five minutes
3) Check voltage across battery terminals.
Report results along with ambient air temperature at tinme of testing.
*If* you get correct voltage and all connections are bright, then starter
is probably bad. Is it original?
Checked the battery and it is good replaced it about 2months
ago,had a friend who is a tech put a load tester on it monday.Lights are
bright etc. Replaced the alternator about 4 years ago.
My mom bought it new in 89,original almost everything including the
starter,car has about 177xxx miles on it and has never really given me
much trouble outside of the ign. switch replacement and the module that
seems they all go through that was replaced about two years ago.I use it
to haul/chase parts everyday.Best car I ever owned.If it was anything
else I would probably junk it.
I am leaning towards replacing the starter because it appears that
everything else is okay,and the years and miles on it.But am open to any
suggestions.Any tips/tricks on getting the bolt on the back of the
Thanks for the input.
Sounds like it might be a failing starter solenoid or possibly poor
contact somewhere. Start by removing and cleaning all of the
connections at the battery and at the started solenoid.
Another possibility is a weak starter motor.
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