Tag: starters

24 Posts

Nov 01, 2009

How to tell the difference between a bad battery and a bad alternator.

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How does one tell the difference between a bad battery and a bad alternator? My car will not crank, but has some power (the dome lights, panel lights and power locks work). I've had it on a trickle charge for...

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why does a car starter ever wear out it if only has to work a tiny fraction of the time
Sep 01, 2004

In this case of your Toyota, aftermarket parts might be to blame for your faulty starter(s).

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I have a Toyota Corolla I bought it used three years ago I have had to replace the starter twice As you know a starter is a brutishly heavy collection of magnets mounted on a rotating axis inside a cylinder...

starters aftermarket parts

Jan 01, 2000

Why are you going through starters and flywheels? Shims might be the answer.

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I have a Chevrolet Caprice with a V- and miles At miles I started getting a grinding sound when starting the car I replaced the original starter but the problem continued At miles I replaced the flywheel The old flywheel...

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Dec 01, 1997

You paid for a new starter, but it was replacing the $11 "neutral safety switch" that fixed your Suburban.

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I had a problem with my ' Chevrolet Suburban For a period of approximately one month I could not get the engine started I'd turn the key and nothing at all would happen When I moved the shift handle slightly...

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Oct 01, 1997

A car starting infrequently when the key is turned could be caused by a number of things. Here's where to look.

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I have a ' Camaro -- and believe it or not my name is NOT Donna -- that I think either has an electrical short or a key that isn't working properly Sometimes I turn the key in the ignition...

starters ignition diagnostics

Aug 01, 1997

The starter, solenoid, and battery cables have all been replaced, so why the smoke coming from the ground wire?

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I have a Mercury Marquis sold to me by a family friend that has been a money pit and the bane of my existence for two years now The car was getting more and more difficult to start One day...

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Dec 01, 1996

Toyota starter problems.

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I have a Toyota Supra with miles with a problem my dealer can't solve When I take the car out for the first time each day only and drive only a short distance two or three miles and then stop...


Jan 01, 1996

How to test your starter to see if it's functioning correctly.

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I have a Toyota Celica Sport Coupe Two months ago after driving about ten miles to a shopping mall I returned to my car and it wouldn't start The ignition was completely dead I got a jump and whipped over...


Jun 01, 1994

My Toyota Corolla has a problem that has stumped three...

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My Toyota Corolla has a problem that has stumped three mechanics in Texas where I'm in school Too frequently after driving around in the hot Texas sun I will not be able to restart my automatic car following a short...


Jan 01, 1994

I never miss your column I have a problem with...

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I never miss your column I have a problem with my ' Eldorado Cadillac It starts up on the coldest days but when I take it for a drive and then turn off the motor to go shopping it won't...

starters engines cleaning