Q: Replace starter good battery new battery cables but not getting proper power to the starter

asked by on February 08, 2018

After putting everything together I turn the key starter turns over 3 times and then stops and then nothing

My car has 186000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

It sounds like what you are describing may be related to a faulty starter relay or some faulty wiring that may not be producing a proper connection to the starter. The starter relay directs power from the battery to the starter solenoid which then engages the starter when you turn the key. When this is not working properly, you may notice intermittent starting problems including no response when turning the key to start. Generally, when this does fail, it does so very randomly and usually without warning other than intermittent starting. The power from the battery will still power other accessories such as radio, horn, etc., but you may not have any power to the starter. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your vehicle.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Drove over a Traffic Cone

Traffic cones are quite heavy and strong. So is the underside of your car, but there some rubber and plastic parts that can be damaged. Even if all seems normal with the car, it wouldn't hurt to have a local...

Just put new alternater on but battery not charging

The alternator in your car charges your battery with the assistance from the voltage regulator which is something that regulates the amount of voltage being sent to the battery via the charging from the alternator. It's function is to not...

The power steering pully on my 2007 Subaru Forester is wobbling.

Hi Jordan. Thanks for contacting us today. Unfortunately, without physically inspecting the pulley and determining why it's wobbling - it's hard to give you the right advice as to what to replace. A pulley can wobble for a few different...

Related articles

The 5 Safest Used Cars You Can Buy For Under $20,000
The Subaru Legacy, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Chevy Volt, and the Volvo XC60 are five of the overall safest used cars you can buy for under $20,000.
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Subaru Tribeca
This This 7-passenger SUV may have trouble keeping its head above water in the sea of competition, but its standard AWD, clean exterior lines and style-forward cockpit design make it an attractive choice in an increasingly crowded segment. Aside from...
The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a Rock Climber
If If you’re a rock climber, you want a vehicle that gets you where you need to go, even if the terrain gets rough. You may be living out of your vehicle at times, so you also want a rig...