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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 as far as most drivers get in considering how the engine actually starts. What really happens...
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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On occasion my car won't start and all the dashboard lights light up, but the dome light and headlights light up.
When it comes to a starter solenoid failing, the battery power from the starter solenoid will back travel to the ignition switch causing all kinds of problems. Replacing the starter will cure all or most of the issues. If the...
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For some reason my car starts up whenever i hook up the positive cable to the battery.
There are a few things that may cause this concern. A faulted ignition switch may cause the starter to activate if the switch is electronically stuck in the crank position. In this case, the system thinks you are turning the...
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My starter was spinning so I had a new starter replaced. drove the car for a day and it started ever time but not on Sunday afternoon as it spins fast.
The flex plate on the back of the engine that connects the torque converter to the transmission may have missing or ground down teeth that is causing the starter to miss and not connect with the teeth. Disconnect the battery...
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timing chain
Hello, thank you for writing in. The sticker shock of some repair bills can be overwhelming. In that situation the only thing you can do is gather more information on your options. You may want to consider getting a second...
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car won't start switched out starter already
Hello, thank you for writing in. The quickest way to diagnose the issue at this point is to test the starter and make sure it is getting a full 12 volt supply of energy. The starter solenoid then amplifies that...
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Car keeps trying to start itself.
A faulted relay can be the cause of your problems. Corrosion may build up inside of the relay causing the circuit that commands the starter to close and activate the component. This corrosion can be cause by moisture making it's...
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Truck won't start, just brought a new battery last week and had the alternator checked and it was good...won't start
You should first try to put the shifter in neutral to see if it cranks over? If not then test to see if the starter is getting a start signal from the ignition switch? If it is then replace the...
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How to replace the carbon brush and bushes in startor motor
There is no process to replace brushes in starters since the mid to late 1980's. Since then the starters were replaced and not rebuilt by most mechanics anymore. The rebuilding was left up to the rebuilders to sell them in...
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hello, my car did not start this morning, lights in car seem to work so I am guessing it is the starter
Hello...sorry to hear of this. 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...
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i have new battery new battery clamps and cables, new strter cilanoid and no power
Hello, thank you for writing in. If you are not able to get the starter to turn over or make any noise what so ever, then you need to start by checking the power supply to the starter solenoid. If...
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What side is my starter on a 2006 nissan pathfinder
Hello, thank you for writing in. The starter is tucked up behind the oil pan towards the right side of the vehicle. The right side is also known as the passenger side of the vehicle. There should be two mounting...
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Starting issues
Hello and thanks for writing in. Depending on what the vehicle does when trying to start it may help to narrow this down. If it produces a click sound, this may be related to a faulty starter solenoid. If it...
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01 TDI won't start when warm.
The computer is making the beeping noise as there is an issue with the starting circuit or main power circuit. Check the start relay and the main computer relay. See if they are getting hot. A hot relay will disconnect...
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Car does not start. Starter was tested. Relays tested. Battery tested. Only thing I could find is no power on thin wire of starter
Hello, thank you for writing in. First we need to discuss starter testing. When you remove the starter and have it tested at your local parts store, they hook the battery up to a voltage supply, and watch the starter...
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Truck suddenly wont start. Starter is good. Been diagnosed with intermittent issue. Need advice. No crank, no start.
Hello, thank you for writing in. These issues can be very frustrating. The first thing to consider is that most automotive parts stores that test starters do not "load test" the starters. This means they test the ability of the...
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Lately, my car's starter doesn't give that starting sound anymore. Rather, i would hear a faint sort of "YAY" sound, and I would r
You should have your battery and cables cleaned and serviced first. Then have the battery load tested and then if it still turns slow then you will need to replace the starter. You may just have a weak battery that...
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Where is the starter located on my 2007 Mitsubishi raider?
Hi there. The starter location on your engine is on the driver side in the back of the engine. If there is a whirling noise by the alternator area when starting the engine up, then either there is a vacuum...
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I have a 1993 Mitsubishi Mirage. Starter went out and I bought another one an it's still grinding on the flywheel.
Hi there. The start will need to have shims put in between the starter and the engine block. This will make the start pinion gear line up with the teeth on the flywheel. The pinion gear on the starter is...
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Negative battery terminal sparks/smokes no power to car
Hi there. Check the condition of the starter wires when they were installed. See if the small remote wire on the starter solenoid is touching the main battery cable wire on the starter solenoid. If these two wires were to...
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Swapped transmission and installed new clutch kit now car wont start.
Hi there. Check the crankshaft position sensor and see if it is unplugged. If the crankshaft position sensor is not plugged in to the harness, then the sensor will keep the engine from starting. A camshaft position sensor will try...

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