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Shot my starter motor in car?

Hi, I have a car which I don't really drive much often, and I mean.. months between drives. I'm a learner and my parents don't have much time to take me around to get my hours up.

One time my battery was shot and I tried to start the car, I held the ignition and my flywheel was turning, but not enough to get it to start.. So I held it a little longer, hoping it'd turn over..

The turning was getting slower and slower and slower, and I just gave up, this was about 15 sec.

Anyhow, I charged the battery, got it to full so I'd turn the car on no problem.

Except nothing happened. No sound, nothing. My glows turn on, but nothing happens when I hit ignition.

Sounds like my Starter is now shot.. I want to confirm if this is the case before I replace it, and WHY it would be shot because of holding the key.

High current from battery overheating the Solenoid?

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Sumona Florence, It is possible the starter overheated or just has failed. If Battery is in deed charged12.2+ volts and all wires/connections/fuses/relays look OK, probably starter/solenoid failure. Just for the heck of it if able to, use a set of jumper cables and give the car a boost. The starter can be removed and tested before replacing. Some of the auto parts suppliers offer free starter/alternator/battery testing like Pepboys, Nappa, Advanced auto parts,etc and some of the guys are very knowledgeable and may have seen the issue often and put you on the right track. Good luck. I hope this helped you out, if so let me know by pressing the helpful button.

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Sumona Florence not sure where you are located but the Mitsubishi Triton was sold mostly in Australia etc. so not sure if you even have access to any of the parts places that offer free testing. Let us know what year your Triton is so that we can get more information for you. It is possible that your solenoid has failed but from the way you explain it, it sounds more like burned field winding in the starter. You can check it with a test light. Have somebody crank the truck over and check the small wire (one end of the test light to ground the other to the connector) going to your starter for power. If it has power than the starter circuit is working. If it does not you could have a failed solenoid or (if your Triton is a standard) a bad neutral switch. If you have power coming directly from the larger cable aka from battery to the starter and the cable leads are good and not corroded, then its most likely your starter.These instructions should work for you as well. Always make sure that you keep your hands away from moving parts and secure the vehicle from moving.

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Sorry I haven't visited for ages. I decided to rip it out and have a look at it. Seems to be all stuck.. so I'll just swap it for another. ;d

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Sumona Florence さん、ありがとうございました!
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