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What is the basic process when the car wont start? Battery is good... I know I should check the starter next, but I'm not sure where the starter is or exactly what it looks like...

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Hi, i will try to answer your problem. the starter motor is normally connected to the gearbox along side the engine it is a long cylinder and a very heavy electrical cable connects to it and smaller cables. can have 3 bolts. you will nedd to disconnect the car battery to stop SHORTING OUT the battery. there are cables for power to the starter motor, and alternator charging these are connected together and a cable for the STARTER CIRCUIT small wire.
if all mehanical parts o. k. the engine need a good supply of fuel. good ignition system (clean spark plugs PETROL ONLY). clean air filter. when starting the engine the starter motor gear is throws out a spring loaded cog to engage in a flywheel in the bell housing in the gearbox. if this is not happening. the battery lead dirty or loose. the cable to the stater motor loose or dirty. the starter motor BRUSHES worn or BEARING worn or OPEN CIRCUIT. the solinoid contact burned out. MAKE sure the car is out of GEAR for testing if the solinoid place a spaner across the solinoid if the starter motor moves then the solinoid is no good. gerry

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What is the basic process - next.gif it looks like this if your car wont turn over is a possibility, that the starter is bad, try to hit the starter motor before you remove ie and triy to start it see what happens, hit it hard, if it starts you need a new starter.the starter is near the transmission underside.

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