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Intermittent starting problem with my 1998 Hyundai Accent 1.3i


I have recently started having problems, here is a description and what I have tried.
Starter does not turn, engine does not crank, dash lights are on, no noise, lights work but dim for a second ot two then go bright again.
After pushing car it will start. Sometimes when you stop the car it will start, sometimes not.
Battery is checked and is fully charged.
Weather is cold at the moment below zero at times.

Any help appreciated, I suspect starter motor, if it is how easy is this for this to be changed and how do you go about it.



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  • w_kavanagh Dec 11, 2008

    One other thing I forgot to mention is I managed to start it after tapping the starter/solenoid with a spanner, all is ok for the moment. I think this rules out the ignition switch.




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First off, when it wont start check the voltage from the battery cable where it connects to the starter, if you have 12.5 volts there that will take battery cable corrosion out of the equation, then check to see if you have ground at the starter, which it sounds like you do not. it sounds like your ignition switch but hard to say from discription, make sure your battery cables are all tight, if you have all of this and its good i would say its the ignition switch which you can look up how to test in a chiltons or haynes manual from the auto parts store, if all of that stuff is good you can take the starter off and have it tested for free at autozone or any autoparts store, but usually the starter goes out really quick or just quits all together, if your not hearing a click noise when you turn it then your solinoid isnt engaging and means you dont have ground to it due to a short or bad ignition switch, that about covers the whole starting system, fuse isnt bad since it works sometimes. good luck hope that this helps you send me a message if you need more indepth help =)


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    erik mcdonald Dec 11, 2008

    unless the problem came out of its malfunction at the same time you tapped it (very unlikely) yea i would say you should just replace your starter, check the ground though and make sure it is clean going to the solenoid otherwise i think you got it bud, good work and good luck also that starter might be under warranty if you bought it so check with the same place you bought it from if possible, good luck glad you got it figured out.

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