When you say that the car does not start, do you mean that the engine does
not turn over or do you mean that it cranks but does not start?
How many miles on the car?
If the engine does not turn over, does it make a clicking sound?
Does it start if you jump start the car?
"Ray O" <rokigawaATtristarassociatesDOTcom> wrote in message
The engine does not turn over, I think. I'm not sure about
the clicking sound. Wasn't paying attention for
a clicking sound the last time that it happened (~1 week ago).
Will listen for it if it happens again.
The car has just over 130,000 miles on it.
Haven't tried jump starting. The last time that
the problem happened, I tried giving it gas while
turning the ignition, which worked.
If all you get is a clicking or no sound when you turn the ignition key to
the start position, check the starter solenoid contacts - they may be worn
and can be replaced without having to replace the entire starter.
The starter solenoid contacts wear out around 120-150K miles, like the
alternator brushes. These are $15-20 parts that are considered wear
items and are easily changed if you're mechanically inclined.
Could this not be simply a dying battery? Or maybe a loose
POS(+) / NEG(-) connection. I've had both with identical
Anyway, here's the unbroken URL.
Sure, it helps to check the connection and clean the contacts:
If you want you can do a voltage test as well, see what the volt is at
the starter's POS while you crank. Generally you should not see lower
than 11v, but the spec may require higher.
Pardon about the broken URLs for some reason (text/html?).
The mechanic should be able to do it. But many would not because it's
not cost effective, especially if something other than the normal wear
parts went bad. An aftermarket starter usually comes with a decent
warranty. Some even a lifetime warranty.
New starter, lifetime warranty:
Reman starter, 2 year warranty:
That's why you just about can't find one who's willing to re-boot a
halfshaft (especially if a rebuilt halfshaft is avail for < $60, for
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