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Starting problems Frequently my engine won't start. When turning the key, you can hear the starter relay clicking, but the starter motor won't turn. Some days it starts right away, others after a few clicks, and others after 30-40 clicks. But it always starts. And it starts strongly, not like when the battery is weak. I can see no link between whether the engine is cold or hot. I've replaced the battery, cleaned the contacts on the battery. I suspect the starter motor, but I would have expected it to just fail completely.

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  • joesjeepster Nov 07, 2008

    I have the same problem. The car always starts but sometimes after many tries

  • DangermouseU Nov 13, 2008

    Bit the bullet after it took a full 5 minutes of trying at the weekend, in 35 degree weather. Had the starter replaced at a shop. The tech said that if he smacked the starter with a hammer when trying to start, it would work, which is their official test method. (However, I don't fancy lying under the car every morning to hit the starter!!)



    When it is colder the grease in the starter makes it harder to slide into place.



    Cost me $290 to get it changed, but it is now such a pleasure to get it to start first time, every time.

  • bigapnnee Nov 14, 2008

    thanks for the post. I am having the same issue and just changed the battery. But i still get the clicking when it's cold. I was thinking it was the starter but now after reading your post i feel better and will go get 1 at the part store tomorrow.

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It sounds like either the starter relay or the solenoid the contact points in it may be burnned if so it wont make a good connection

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  • Walter Morris Nov 13, 2008

    so its a lube problem instead of buying a new starter for an arm and a leg see if you can find someone to clean and lube it for you that would be cheaper probably

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