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Put in new starter

Just replaced the starter for the second time and the engine still won't turn over. This is the '87 with the automatic transmission. Need some help.

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Is there any power (should be close to battery voltage, 12-13V) to the starter solenoid when you turn the key on? If not it could just be the starter motor relay, usually found in the engine bay fusebox. Also check what the voltage is (should be battery voltage or no more than 1-2 volts less) to the starter relay from the ignition barrel, sometimes the contacts in the ignition switch get worn out on older cars. Also automatic cars have a thing called an inhibitor switch on the transmission which stops the engine being able to be started in gear, only in neutral or drive (this could be another reason why it might have little or no power at the starter solenoid). That could be your problem also. Try to start it in neutral or park, and wiggle the gear lever around while holding the key in the start position. Otherwise get a mechanic or auto electrician to have a look at it, shouldn't take them long to figure out what the fault is, and shouldn't cost you too much in labour charges.

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Take the car to a mechanic and have him look at it before you go buying parts for the car because my 87 accord all of a sudden just stopped running and started to make a high pitched windind noise and i replaced the starter and solenoids and **** and it still doesnt work... i tried the neutral thing and everything else and in the end its just a waste of time so just have a mechanic look at it.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008

  • bareed1666 Apr 18, 2011

    have the same issue it is the torque converter thr gear or teeth are welded in place on the plate and fall off and the starter does not enguage, the replacement part lasted about 8 months befer it broke as well.... junk it and get a new car

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