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STARTER TURNS SLOWLY - 1999 Subaru Forester

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  • MIKE CLOUTIER Nov 28, 2012

    thanks for the advice----I have already replaced the battery and cleaned ALL terminals-----I was wondering if it might just be the brushes on the starter.

  • MIKE CLOUTIER Nov 30, 2012

    Thanks for the ideas, but I am still wondering if it might just be the brushes on the starter. The starter on this model is on top of the engine.

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    JD Merrill Nov 30, 2012

    Hey Mike, it's possible. The slow turning of the starter leads me to believe that it's not getting enought elecricity from the battery. The only way to know for sure is to have a diagnostic done. I myself would clean/degrease all components before taking it to the shop. On older vehicles. such as yours and mine, I think we both know that we don't want to throw money into things unnecessarily. I would also consider the age and wear on the starter. If it's old, I'd probably replace it with a used/re-manufactured one. I'd also consider the cables conneting to it from the battery. Nonetheless. if you don't go to a shop, you're probably going to be stuck trying different things, as there could be a lot of causes. Good luck!

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Either your starter is going bad, or it is not getting enough power from the battery, in which case, you would want to have the battery checked. Auto-part stores generally do this for free. The terminals on the starter could be corroded or "gunked" up. I've dealt with that, many times before. If you find that they are "gunked" with oil, etc., use some degreaser on the terminals. Make sure, before performing any work on your starter, that your battery is disconnected. Due to the age of your vehicle, if you do need to replace the starter, consider purchasing a used/re-furbished starter and having it installed by a trusted, reputable mechanic. It is possible to do yourself, but those that I have replaced (under the car) were hard to get to and replace with just one person. All the best ~ JD

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