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Old 09-26-2012, 02:10 PM   #1
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Is my starter going bad? (Video)

After a while, it turns on with no problem.

When I turn the key, I can here the fuel pump kick in (the sound that runs for 3 seconds)
Is the starter going bad or can it be 'bad gas' since I've had it sitting for a year in my garage turning it one once a week,etc.


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Old 09-26-2012, 02:46 PM   #2
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After a while, it turns on with no problem.

When I turn the key, I can here the fuel pump kick in (the sound that runs for 3 seconds)
Is the starter going bad or can it be 'bad gas' since I've had it sitting for a year in my garage turning it one once a week,etc.

Start with your battery and then work from there. Check to see how many volts the battery is getting and then handle that accordingly.
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:50 PM   #3
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Okay..i'll give it a look.
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:00 PM   #4
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Okay..i'll give it a look.
If it's the original battery then I suggest replacing just for peace of mind. If it is a recent battery then you might just be able to put it on a trickle charger then try starting again once the battery is fully charged.


We can explore other options once the battery is ruled out.

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Old 09-26-2012, 03:28 PM   #5
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New battery....well....about a year and a half ago but remember, the past year I've run the car less than 300 miles.

I'll test it out....thanks for your input.

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Old 09-26-2012, 05:07 PM   #6
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Bad starter is generally one click. Bad battery is generally multiple clicks, like you are hearing. Not always, just usually. 300 miles in a year is pretty much confirmation. If you are going to continue to use the car so little, I would recommend a float charger/battery maintainer. This is actually the best thing for the battery.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:19 PM   #7
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Battery tested just now at Autozone.

75%, good battery.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:28 PM   #8
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Use gas Stabil in your gas next time if you run it so infrequently.

http://www.goldeagle.com/brands/stabil/products.aspx

Could be your gas is just too old.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:35 PM   #9
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The Autozone battery test is lacking. The most accurate load test outside of $50,000+ equipment is actually starting an engine. The next time it goes dead, try jumper cables. If it works, you know you need a battery, or you have a high parasitic draw somewhere...although that would likely also have killed your battery.

EDIT: I have also heard that ethanol-laden gas can kill fuel pumps if left to sit for too long, so this is something to consider as well. Do you hear it whine when the key is in POS2?
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:35 PM   #10
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It's just a bad starter... The starter gear is not being pushed out into the flywheel properly.
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The Autozone battery test is lacking. The most accurate load test outside of $50,000+ equipment is actually starting an engine. The next time it goes dead, try jumper cables. If it works, you know you need a battery, or you have a high parasitic draw somewhere...although that would likely also have killed your battery.

EDIT: I have also heard that ethanol-laden gas can kill fuel pumps if left to sit for too long, so this is something to consider as well. Do you hear it whine when the key is in POS2?
Fuel pump turns on for 3 seconds with the key in POS2....
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:48 PM   #12
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It's just a bad starter... The starter gear is not being pushed out into the flywheel properly.
Now that you mention the flywheel, I'm been trying to figure out what this sound is...it's a high pitch grinding sound. Give it a listen. When I got it inspected this week, I asked the mechanic and he said it that noise could be the flywheel.



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It's just a bad starter... The starter gear is not being pushed out into the flywheel properly.
+1 to consider this
While your starter is spinning, have the hood open with someone watching the engine to see if it is spinning.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:35 AM   #14
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Cool,let me try that.

Just an fyi, this only happens in the morning...after driving all day with multiple on/offs, no problem.

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Cool,let me try that.

Just an fyi, this only happens in the morning...after driving all day with multiple on/offs, no problem.

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Could either be that the battery drains overnight and then the alternator charges up during the day. Thus explaining the labored start in the AM.


...or it could be a starter going bad. I'd just rule the battery out first and then go from there. The worst thing you can do now is keep jumping around to different parts and not using process of elimination to narrow it down to the actual culprit.

Start with the obvious then work your way up.
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Old 09-27-2012, 09:40 AM   #16
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Could either be that the battery drains overnight and then the alternator charges up during the day. Thus explaining the labored start in the AM.


...or it could be a starter going bad. I'd just rule the battery out first and then go from there. The worst thing you can do now is keep jumping around to different parts and not using process of elimination to narrow it down to the actual culprit.

Start with the obvious then work your way up.

Battery tested....'good battery' according to autozone. :/
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:26 AM   #17
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I believe they can test starters as well. Although it is a pain to pull yours out if it turns out to not be the starter.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:53 PM   #18
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Car starting fine.

I filled it up with 'fresh gas'.....been turning on like a she did back in 2003.
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Great! Hope it stays that way.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:49 PM   #20
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It's just a bad starter... The starter gear is not being pushed out into the flywheel properly.
Nooooooooo! What do you think is turning the engine over????
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