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How to Test a Starter Solenoid
Starter solenoids are attached to the starter. Test the solenoid with jump cables - when the solenoid fails, the car starter needs to be replaced.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Starter
Common signs include the engine not turning over, starter engaging but not spinning the motor, and grinding noises or smoke when starting the motor.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Starter Relay
Common signs include the vehicle not starting, starter staying on after the engine started, intermittent issues starting, and a clicking sound.
How Long Does a Starter Relay Last?
Most people are familiar with fuses – they allow your car’s electronics to work while protecting them from over-voltage situations. Relays are similar, but much larger and more powerful. There’s a relay...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Glow Plugs & Timer
Common signs include unusual sounds coming from the car, difficulty starting the car, and the Glow Plugs Light turning on.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Cold Start Injector
Common signs include hard starting, a decrease in fuel efficiency, and engine performance issues.
How Long Does a Cold Start Injector Last?
The cold start injector is also known as the cold start valve, and is an important part of keeping your engine running smoothly. The cold start injector is a fuel injector...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Electronic Control Relay
If your engine cranks but does not start or powers on but does not function, you may need to replace the electronic control relay.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Speed Timing Sensor
Common signs include the transmission having difficulty shifting, Check Engine Light coming on, vehicle not starting, and loss of engine power.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Camshaft Position Sensor
Common signs include the Check Engine Light coming on, the vehicle not starting, and an overall reduction in vehicle drive quality.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Distributor Rotor and Cap
Common signs include engine misfires, car not starting, the Check Engine Light coming on, and excessive or unusual engine noises.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Ignition Ignitor
Common signs include engine misfires, the Check Engine Light coming on, car not starting, and a decrease in power, acceleration, and fuel efficiency.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Coolant Temperature Switch (Sensor)
Common signs include poor fuel economy, black smoke coming from the engine, engine overheating, and the Check Engine Light turning on.
How Long Does a Starter Last?
You turn the key in the ignition of your car and the engine cranks – that’s about...
How to Connect a Remote Starter
Have you ever gone out to your car on a cold winter morning and wished that the windows were already defrosted? With a remote starter kit, you can start the engine from...
Top 12 Most Common Car Problems and Issues
Completing Completing routine service and maintenance is vital to keeping your car, truck, or SUV running strong. At times, however, car issues will arise, and every vehicle will display certain warning signs. To reduce the potential for breakdown, and expensive...
How to Replace a Starter Relay
Starter relays are faulty if there are problems starting the engine, the starter stays on after cranking, or a clicking noise comes from the starter.
How to Buy a Good Quality Starter
Did you know that when automobiles were first invented, you had to crank them to get them started? Fast forward to today, when many vehicles have a key or even a button that...

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Hi i just replaced a starter on 2004 gmc yukon 2500 with 6.0 engine when i started it up my fog lights come on and when i turn it
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle may be having one of many issues. If you changed the starter because the vehicle was having starting issues, it may have been the battery causing you problems. If the fog lights...
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My car rattles when I start it up but stops after that
If the noise started immediately after your new starter was installed, the noise may relate to the installation and/or the starter might be defective. Normally, the supplier warrants the part, and labor, so you should check to see if there...
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My car still wont start and I just bought a new battery
There are a couple of problems that might be described as a "whining Noise" Have a friend look under the hood and watch the belts and stuff while you try to crank the car. If he sees that the engine...
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Car just clicks. Tried a battery and starter and it still just clicks. Help?
Hello, thank you for writing in. Your vehicle may be having one of many issues. To begin, make sure your battery cables and the starter's cables are all clean, dry, and tight. You will then want to see if the...
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How to separate the intermediate steering shaft on a Chrysler 300.
You may want to remove the drivers side steering rack and pinion mount bolt and pull down the rack to gain access to remove starter better. To get the intermediate shaft loose you should lock steering straight ahead and secure...
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Just replaced the starter. 1st try worked great. Next 4 trys only a click at starter. All lights work. Not a batt prob.
Hello, thank you for writing in. There may be one of several issues going on. First, make sure all of the electrical connections to the starter, including the ground, are clean, dry, and tight. Secondly, a shim is often needed...
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My brother has a dodge stratus and the alternator and battery are both good but the car won't turn on
Hello, thank you for writing in. If the battery power is reaching the starter, and the starter is not turning the engine over, the starter has failed. You can test how much power is going to the starter with a...
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Can I supply the part for the service that I need done?
You can supply your own parts but will not get any warranty for the install if the part is defective or has a problem down the road. If we supply the part then we can warranty it.
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What starter is compatible for a 1999 Lincoln Navigator
A starter from same engine in an F series truck or Expedition with the 5.4 will have the same starter as yours. I would not go more than 1 year up or down to make sure of fit but they...
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Where is the starter located in a 2012 kia forte
The starter is under the intake manifold on side of the engine near transmission.
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Hi Dave, When turning the key to start the car, the starter sounds like it is spinning, but it makes a whining sound like it is n
I would first recommend to have the battery jump started first to see if problem is due to the battery being low on charge or cranking power. If jumping does not help then you most likely have a defective starter....
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Started hits flywheel but won't turn till crank is turned half turn
The first thing to check is the battery voltage. It should be 12.6 if the battery is fully charged and shouldn't drop below 10 when the starter is engaged. You might just have a weak battery and some engines are...
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1991 chevy g20 van replaced wih new fly wheel and starter after 2 days getting clanking sound when i first start vehicle
You should check to make sure the starter bolts did not come loose and remove the lower inspection cover for transmission and check to see if flywheel teeth are damaged or flywheel is loose or bolts for torque converter are...
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Starter not engaging at all but passed bench test
You will need to check the voltage at the starter when someone is cranking it to make sure cables are sending all the voltage to it. You can do a voltage drop on the cables to see if one is...
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hey i have a 1990 ford probe GT and it has some sort of electrical issue where it start by itself. it needs to be jump started. bu
The problem sounds like the starter solenoid is sticking. You will need to check the small wire to starter to see if it is getting power all the time and if it is not powered then replace starter. If it...
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Car not starting after being parked on flooded street
The water may have been high enough to get the starter and wiring wet. I would suggest trying to jump start the vehicle after it has been allowed to dry out for a day or two to see if the...
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starter Bendix is free spinning with a 34% I have taken out the starter an checked the teeth on it an flywheel I also bench testd
The problem sounds like the starter is bad and cannot be tested on bench properly for engagement. I recommend getting the starting battery system checked and replace the starter after checking the system for any other issues.
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My ford f 150 want turn over changed battery
Hello. There may be one of several issues wrong. When having starting and running issues, always verify that the alternator and battery are working perfectly first. Make sure the battery cables and grounds are clean, dry, and tight. From there,...

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