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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.
How to Buy a Good Quality Remote Starter
When it comes to added features for your vehicle, the remote starter has become increasingly popular over the years. This device makes it possible for you to start your car from the...
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...
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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Car won't crank, or start but I have a clicking noise 2004 Infiniti G35
Hello - check battery and ground cables for good, clean connections with no corrosion. Next, check for 12v at the starter solenoid "trigger" wire connector on the starter (when the key is in the "Start" position). Your "clicking" noise sounds...
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HAVE ATTEMPTED STARTING CAR BUT WILL NOT TURN OVER. NO CLICKS INDICATING STARTER BUT AM TOLD NOT ENOUGH VOLTS GETTING TO STARTER.H
Check to see if there are any stored diagnostic trouble codes. Be sure you have a fully, 100% charged battery that passes a load test. Confirm that the engine immobilizer system (security system) is not activated thus preventing the car...
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Where is the started located on my 2008 Infiniti QX56 and how hard is it to replace?
The starter on your vehicle is located beneath the intake manifold. Because of this, it is rather difficult to replace. I recommend having a professional inspect the vehicle to verify the starter has failed, then perform repairs as needed. YourMechanic...
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How much do you charge for the starter replacement on 2004 honda accord 2.4
In order to replace the starter on this engine the intake manifold need to be removed. It is recommended to replace intake gaskets at the same time the starter is replaced. There has been reports of the incorrect starter is...
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I have a 2006 ford f150 that needs it's starter replaced as quickly as possible. What wood you charge and how quickly could you d
The starter can be replaced very quickly. If you would please simply fill in the information (year, make and model) in the "Get a Quote" segment of YourMechanic's starter motor replacement service page you will receive both an exact quote...
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My car will not turn over. I have a new starter and new battery replace yesterday but still wont start
If the starter and battery are new, and the battery is 100% charged, you probably have a large voltage drop (due to high resistance bad connections or a device fault) somewhere in the starting circuit. The starter circuit (wiring, switches,...
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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 2010 jeep wont start
Hello, thank you for writing in. If the battery is fully charged and the starter is receiving a full 12 volts (or at least 10), then the starter may have failed. You can test this by testing for voltage at...
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When trying to start my 97 Grand Cherokee it just screeches
What you're probably experiencing is the starter drive spinning against the ring gear. Tapping on the starter probably won't help you. If you catch it early, you can solve it by replacing the starter. But if you drive the car...
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Loud clicks no start
If what you have is a rapid tapping sound when you turn the key, You are not getting enough current to the starter. When the solenoid engages and connects the starter, the battery voltage rapidly drops to the point where...
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on a 2009 Golf 1,4I Intermittent self start problem-on turning the key there is a 'wizz" sound but the starter does not kick in.
Hi there. Typically the 'whizzing' sound you're hearing is the starter spinning over without the input gear engaging with the flywheel. This can happen intermittently and eventually will fail entirely. It's a good idea to have the starter and starter...
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How much does it cost to change out the starter?
Hi, I will be glad to help you with this. Starter motor installation costs vary by year, make, model, and engine size. You can get the written quote that you desire, and schedule the repair to suit your needs, by...
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Starter
Hello, thank you for writing in. Starting the car relies on the battery alone. If the battery is not producing the voltage and amperage needed to start the car, then the battery and the cables need to be inspected. First,...
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2001 Chevy s-10 truck that won't start. Lights come on but when I turn the ignition there is no noise ( grinding, clicking )
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle depends on two main components for starting. Considering the starter motor is not functioning at all, you either do not have power going to it, or the motor has failed and is...
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I turn the key and I hear the starter spinning but it does not crank the engine. Is it the starter or part of it?
If the starter motor turns, but the starter pinion drive gear is not engaging the flywheel and turning the engine, there is a fault with the pinion drive gear and/or the actuating solenoid. The power to the solenoid can be...
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Starter location , 1998 Lincoln town Car
Hello. If you raise the vehicle up, or get under it, you should be able to locate the starter from the bottom. If you look towards the back of the engine, the starter will connect to the flywheel under and...
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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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Why won't my push start honda accord shut off?
Hello, thank you for writing in. Hot smelling electrical components are a huge sign that there are major problems. There is going to be more damage the longer these symptoms continue, as there is likely a high resistance that is...

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