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Car wont start.........Sometimes

Discussion in 'General Tech and Maintenance' started by IDMaxGuy, Oct 17, 2003.

  1. IDMaxGuy

    IDMaxGuy Senior Member

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    Ok Ive noticed now that it is getting colder, my car will not turn over. When I turn the key, everything comes on like normal, but nothing happens, I get one click and nothing else happens, the click sounds like it is coming from the steering wheel. could this be my ignition, someone said starter, but i dont think it is my starter because when it does start, which usualyy takes me turning the key on and off 1324151 times, it has a healthy start. so.... any clues on what the prob is...
     
  2. Masta

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    could be the battery.
     
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    OK can u not read, we think it is the starter...
     
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    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    starter

    My escorts kinda sorta did that.... only when it would start, the throw out gear would stick in the flywheel and keep spinning the engine.

    Replace your starter and I bet it works fine. :thumbsup:
     
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    My car is doing that now. Its the starter.
     
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    u said right there that u dont think its your starter. put down the crack pipe!
     
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    lol well i made that post after it had only done it twice, well when i started it at work it kinda half-ass cranked over....
    but the thing that confuses me is that something in my dist. is clicking. so it almost seems like it wants to start, but something isnt letting it. so out to my motor to take off dist. cap and inspect possible damage

    replacing dist cap>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> replacing starter


    oh btw where in the fuck is my starter, is it on the pully side of motor or dist side, front or back.
     
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    if its like mine, and i think most honda engines are the same, its sort of below and behind your distributor. or you can just follow your battery's pos. cable.
     
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    Welp got as far was tearing down the dist cap. my points inside had some nice little corroded pieces on them. is what was happening i think...
    the rotor was getting caught on these... the dist. sensor prolly sensed it was getting hung up and wouldnt let it start... anywho we'll see if that fixes the problem. hopefully....
     
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    Check the connections to your starter- every time I've had my car behave like yours, it was just the damn wires. They like to come loose, especially since one of them is just on a spade connector. If that's not it, it's probably your starter's solenoid unit.
     
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    hey, u want help or no? The battery could play a role in your fucking situation...how? the battery doesn't have enough volts to start the car up, but the dash lights n' accessories may still work. So....stfukthnx.
     
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    Same side as your flywheel & where the transmission hooks up to the engine...which would be the opposite side of your cam gears...

    replacing starter===========fun as fuck.

    I replaced my own in my Escort. All I had to do was jack up the car, remove one useless piece of heavy ass support metal, un bolt it from the clutch casing, remove the power leads & ground, and then pull it out...

    Only took me 3 days to do the whole job. (first time, and had to go over and pull Brians Starter off his car too.) :p
     
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    tap the starter with something while you're cranking it?
     
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    dude the start has a Solenoid and that can go bad what happens is some times it works some times it does not "tthtas why people say to hit them"

    you either have a bad Solenoid or a bad ground one of the two

    take a jumper cable and jump it from the - batter post and clip that to one of the bolts holding the start on then try turning it off

    if it works after that then theres your problem replace the grounds or add more

    if it does not fix it then disconnect and remove the starter "2 bolts" then hook up a ground and a lead to the starter as soon as you touch the + side of the batter to the start it should kick over and work if not then toss it and buy a new/used starter
     
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    I had the same problem with my old 92 accord... it turned out to be the relay :unsure:
     
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    :werd:
     
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    well before you start replacing releys that some times are a total bitch to get to PGMFI is a pain... anyways just take a FREE wire and connect it from the - battery to the starter bolts..... then you can say ok thats it or is not it
    then remove it and try doing it direct

    bottom line if you connect a wire going from the battery to the starter IT WILL turn over no matter whats wrong with your car unless the batter is dead or the starter is broke

    so before you start replacing parts..... try the free stuff first
     
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    :concur:

    i second that
     
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    if it was your distributor it would start at all. Its ur starter dude.
     
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