How can I change the starter on my car?
My car is having problem during start. The battery is okay.
mpcoladilla, just like cys said, make sure that it is your starter that needs replacing. The replacement of the starter is really straight forward. Remember that if you have the ORIGINAL RADIO that you must have the customer code number. This is important since you are going to disconnect the battery and the coded theft protection may leave your original radio useless. I attached the page from the service manual that shows the removal of the starter in a few simple steps. Good Luck and let us know if this helped.
Most starters show some sign of failure prior to being completely inoperative (but not always). Prior to this, was there any change in the starting proceedure? Different noises than before? Intermittent operation? Having to turn the key several times before the starter engaged? These are all signs of a starter that is about to fail.
A clicking starter solenoid is a sign of low current, enough to trigger solenoid, [click on] but not enough the turn starter motor, [click off], so click, click, click, click.
A low battery would cause this.
Poor grounding would cause this.
Poor power connections would cause it.
A bad starter, [short] would cause it.
Try wiggling the transmission shifter in the park slot back and forth and see if the car starts. The car won't start unless it is in park and there is a contact down there which can get dirty.
@ oldturkey03... i search on autozone website and there is a store nearby. its gonna cost me $172 for remanufactured starter. thanks again!!!
@ ABCellars... i still do have my radio code... thanks for the info anyways...
@ mayer... wow! what an info... i will double check it again... it could be one of those problems that you mention. it happens that i got to start my car after turning the ignition 4-8 times i think. and during those time, all i'm hearing is a clicking sound. thanks for the information, this is a great help...
In my opinion for my car, Acura Integra 1991, you should check the contact of small electronic board located next to the gear-shift bar. When you shift to choose the location of P,R,N,D,2,1 of gear-box, because just in P, or N postion, you can start your car.
For my car, the problem come from all wires that connect this board to the starter, and you only hear a click-sound at the starter because the current is too weak, because of bad-contacts from these all wires. I fix this problem by my-method, I set-up an extra-circuit by using an extra-relay 12VDC. The control signal from CPU will trigger the relay, and the relay-contact will triggers the starter. Now I never get this problem on my car any more.
Ok first time for me that I am doing this but just an fyi I had stallhing no spark issues and starter problems well I happened to ACCIDENTALLY kicked my driver side left panel and my car wanted to start all of a sudden we soon realized after spending 600 on parts that it was a short on the relay for the starter we r still tracing the wireing to be sure the problem is fixed but it looks very promising
Removing A Bad Starter
1.Disconnect the battery
2.Jack up the vehicle if need be
3.Locate the starter
4.Disconnect the wiring to the solenoid.
5.Remove the starter retaining bolts then the starter
2.Installing A New Starter
1.Compare the new starter to the old one
2.Slide the starter into place.
3.Insert the starter retainer bolts.
4.Connect the wiring to the starter solenoid.
5.Reconnect the battery.
This is an old post so I will add info for future users. It was stated that the car may start after 4 to 8 attempts. This is a sign of 2 possibilities, the first being that a loose electrical connection or contact has heated up enough to tighten the connection and allow more amperage through to the starter. The second is a bad starter, typically where the bushings inside are worn and the armature is dragging, once you click the starter enough times and the armature moves little by little to a good spot, it will start. Related to this movement can also be a bad armature/brushes contact, again once the armature moves little by little to a good spot, it will start. You typically will experience starter problems that get worse over time.
As others have mentioned, clean all connections and contacts in the starter circuit, battery terminals, main battery positive and negative (engine and chassis grounds) cables, control circuits such as the P/N switch (requires disassembly to clean), ignition switch (this portion is only used to start and requires disassembly to clean, difficult to do if needed), starter relay (just replace it, may be difficult to disassemble to clean and wont last long) and all wiring involved in all the circuits (not burned, corroded (green) connections, or hanging on by a thread). The starter body itself must have a clean ground contact to the transmission housing or the engine block, which ever its bolted to so the metal to metal contact must also be brushed clean.
Bypassing the circuitry and jumping the starter direct at the solenoid (for testing purposes) takes caution to not short anything out, this is what Autozone will do on the counter when you take the starter into them but an unloaded test is not the same as an on the car loaded test. Although they may see the problem if bad enough and your lucky.
For those people who wish to rebuild their starter, you will first inspect for drag marks internally and signs of worn bushings/bearings. If worn to this point, just buy a rebuilt one over the counter. If your brushes are just worn out, inspect all the little copper armature contacts to be sure they do not have deep grooves worn into them, they don’t look burnt and a little sand paper around the area can smooth things up a bit, anything worse, buy another starter. Replace all the items for the solenoid and contacts leading to the points. If you feel large parts such as the stator, armature, bushings, broken housings are needed, just buy another starter. CLEAN everything and LUBE where needed.
I have only replaced the solenoid contacts in many Honda and Toyota starters to fix this type of exact problem. Good Luck to all future starter problem mechanics.
Awful lot of money to spend on something you can do yourself for less than $25 bucks (including shipping)
Honda and Acura don't make rebuild kits but much to my surprise and joy I found that Toyota makes kit that is totally compatible with parts needed to rebuild my Integra starter. All you'll really need is a socket set and wrench to get the starter out and for undoing bolts, YouTube to find the DIY video and 600 grit sandpaper.
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