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Was sitting with car in drive started to pull off and motor just quit completely. What could be the problem, rule out battery, starter?

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Does the car still have battery power? Will the engine still crank? If so, I'm almost positive you can rule out the battery and the starter. If the answer is yes, the engine will still crank you need to do some trouble shooting. Does the engine have spark at the plugs when you crank the engine, is the engine getting fuel when you are cranking, and does the engine have compression when you are cranking.

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To replace a starter motor:

1. If you can get access to it, tap the starter motor firmly around the upper end with a hammer (not too hard) as you can sometimes get them to work a while longer by doing this.
This can be useful to know if you need to drive the car somewhere one more time, to a garage or your home for example.
It will fail again soon however, even if tapping gets the starter going a few times.
When starter motors fail, it is usually because the contacts or solenoid that 'flings' the drive gear in the starter across to engage with the motor drive gear has failed.
You can tell if this is the case if you just get a spinning noise or a dead click when you turn the key to start the motor.

Other reasons they seem to fail are below..check all of these as they all happen regularly. Many people unnecessarily spend a lot of money on a new/ reco starter because they did not check all of the following;

a)If it has one, the $5 condenser on the outside of the starter needs replacing, or

b)The power lead(s) bolted onto the starter has come loose or has corrosive build up, causing a poor connection.

c) The live or negative cable(s) attaching to the car battery are loose or have corrosive acid build up - wire brush them until they shine again.

d) The car battery can seem OK, but it actually has failed and hasn't got the capacity to kick the starter motor gear into 'driver' position. Get a friend or auto service to jump start the motor with battery cables and see if the starter kicks in OK. Despite the expense its always worth replacing a car battery if a test shows it can't hold amperage any longer - you will be amazed at the ease of starting, better lights and performance afterward with a new battery.
Some people actually get rid of cars when all they need is a new battery. Never undervalue how worthwhile this investment is if your battery is three or four years old and it takes a while to start.

e) Worn out contacts in the car ignition/key system can lead to intermittent/ irregular starter motor behaviour.

To replace the starter, if required:

Firstly - shop around for a 'reconditioned' Hyundai starter motor from a reputable auto electrician - it will be far cheaper than a new one.
Ask them which reconditioned parts are new and which are old before buying, they should have used a fully approved repair kit from BMW or equivalent to recondition the starter. Often, they will want a deposit and want your old starter brought in later as an refund exchange once you swap-over. This should also bring the price down, as they then get to fully re-condition yours and sell it to the next customer. Ensure that they supply a new housing oil /dust seal as well, to go between the base of the starter and the mount.

As its a Hyundai, you will need both a metric spanner and socket set, not imperial.

1.Try to get a shop manual but basically, rule number one is to disconnect both terminals from the car battery. Take a photo to ensure they are replaced with the correct polarity later unless they already have different sized cable to battery lug connectors.
2.Starter motor voltage really packs a punch, so make sure both cables are safely disconnected and isolated for good measure.
3.Remove any accessories /exhaust/ covers/ items in the way (above the starter motor) and disconnect all powerleads to it, take a photo of where they were connected or label them before you remove them.
4. Undo the two nuts holding the starter motor onto its mount housing, be sure to note the position of all washers etc.
5. Rock the starter motor gently from side to side until you disengage the gear and can pull it out. Anticipate it's weight as you release it, being full of copper windings its quite a heavy item.
6, Using a paintbrush and kerosene, clean the mount area thoroughly and replace the housing seal.
7. Push the reco starter motor onto the threaded studs, ensuring that it is the correct way around and up. Then install the washers onto the threaded studs and screw the mount nuts back into place and tighten up.
8. Reconnect wires onto the starter. Replace any other motor parts removed to access the starter.
9. Reconnect the car battery and test the reconditioned starter motor.

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Normally I would disconnect battery and pull starter off and take a look at the starter drive, as well as bench test it. If teeth on drive are worn, I'd just replace the starter drive. If they don't appear worn, apply a little white lithium grease to the shaft where drive slides in and out and bench test a few times to work it in so that drive extends out all the way, and retracts as well. Now take a look at the flywheel with a flashlight or similar to be sure teeth haven't worn bad in spots on flywheel as well. You can get someone to rotate engine by hand while you watch flywheel. Any burrs etc found, just run a small triangular file across them to remove burr and reshape slightly to see if that will help. Re-install starter and try it. Sometimes it's smart to get a price quote on just new drive, as well as rebuilt starter, because a complete starter, (rebuilt) may be close to price of drive only, so a rebuilt is usually a smarter choice and no time in labor for replacing drive.

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82059263 The [PG] starter motors are [non-]repairable starter motors. They have pole pieces that are arranged around the armature within the starter housing. When the solenoid windings are energized, the pull-in winding circuit is completed to ground through the starter motor. The hold-in winding circuit is completed to ground through the solenoid. The windings work together magnetically to pull in and hold in the plunger. The plunger moves the shift lever. This action causes the starter drive assembly to rotate on the armature shaft spline as it engages with the flywheel ring gear on the engine. At the same time, the plunger closes the solenoid switch contacts in the starter solenoid. Full battery voltage is then applied directly to the starter motor and it cranks the engine.

As soon as the solenoid switch contacts close, current stops flowing thorough the pull-in winding as battery voltage is now applied to both ends of the windings. The hold-in winding remains energized; its magnetic field is strong enough to hold the plunger, shift lever, starter drive assembly, and solenoid switch contacts in place to continue cranking the engine. When the engine starts, the pinion gear overrun protects the armature from excessive speed until the switch is opened.

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The magnetic fields of the pull-in and hold-in windings now oppose one another. This action of the windings, along with the help of the return spring, cause the starter drive assembly to disengage and the solenoid switch contacts to open simultaneously. As soon as the contacts open, the starter motor is turned off.

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if you find this information helpful please give me a good rating and please contact me if you need any further assistance.
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