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Old 05-07-2007, 06:27 PM   #1
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Default Urgent!! Starter ???

It seems like my Saturn wants to start about once every twelve tries. It got a lot worse today.

I turn the key, and just hear the solenoid engage, once. Click.

That's all that happens. Each time I turn the key, that's all I get. Connection is fine at the battery, everything seems tight.

Is it really a starter???I'm about to run out right now and pick-up an Autolite Platinum starter and slap it on as I'm getting worried...

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Old 05-07-2007, 07:17 PM   #2
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Default Re: Urgent!! Starter ???

How's your charging system and battery? Do you have 12 volts going to the starter?

I'd say the starter solenoid is bad. Just get a reman and throw it in there.

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Old 05-07-2007, 08:15 PM   #3
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Default Re: Urgent!! Starter ???

Why buy the whole starter?

Just buy the solenoid!

Take the starter OUT so you can have it tested. If the starter motor is good, just buy the $20 or less solenoid and install.

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Old 05-07-2007, 09:43 PM   #4
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Default Re: Urgent!! Starter ???

12.9 v- engine off
14.0 v- engine on

So I think my battery and alternator (somewhat new) are both OK.

They only sell the solenoid and starter motor as once piece. So it looks like I'll need to get a $143 Autolite Pro new one.

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Old 05-07-2007, 11:39 PM   #5
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Default Re: Urgent!! Starter ???

I've had two starters go bad, it was the starter definitely not the solenoid. The bearings go bad and bind up under heat, sometimes it'll loosen up as it cools sometimes it won't. When you have the starter tested listen for noisy bearings, most likely it will work just fine on the bench after getting jostled around during removal. Why buy a whole new starter when you only need bearings? Because like the solenoid bearings are integrated with the starter, neither the bearings or solenoid are user serviceable. Regardless of the problem you need a new starter.

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Old 05-08-2007, 01:00 AM   #6
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I've had two starters go bad, it was the starter definitely not the solenoid. The bearings go bad and bind up under heat, sometimes it'll loosen up as it cools sometimes it won't. When you have the starter tested listen for noisy bearings, most likely it will work just fine on the bench after getting jostled around during removal. Why buy a whole new starter when you only need bearings? Because like the solenoid bearings are integrated with the starter, neither the bearings or solenoid are user serviceable. Regardless of the problem you need a new starter.
Come to think about it, my problem only occurs after repeated starts after many short trips during the course of one day. If I allow the car to sit overnight, it starts fine. If it sits for say, four hours after a drive, it'll start fine. It's only when I go from the store to the school and to say, a restaurant, will it act up.

Any tips for starter r/r? What tools do I need? The instructions mention something about an "obstruction wrench." ???

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