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Starter motor my starter motor use to make a really slow ruuurrr rruuurrr rruuurrr sound and then it went to having to hold the key in the starting position for a couple of seconds before it went rruuurrr rruuurrr again to now nothing at all. my battery is new and the crank sensor is new. the connections are fine and all tight. whats happening? what is it that needs fixing or replacing? Cheers

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It sounds like the solenoid cointacts might be corroded, especially if you tend to hold key in "start" position for long periods (as it sounds you have gotten to). If you get another started buy a rebuilt one, but if you want to try a free way first here's what to try: If you are handy enough all you need to do is get inside the solenoid where you will find a thick copper ring. It will probably be burnt in the two places where it touches the contacts. You can either file these burnt places off, turn the ring so there are clean places making contact, or both. Depending on the build of the solenoid, you may be able to disassemble it with screws, or I have had to cut through plastic cases to get at the inside sometimes -- in which case to reassemble it you may need epoxy, or plastic weld (a hot nail held with pliers), or maybe even duct tape can work. Good luck -- always try the free ways first I always say.

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Hi,

If I understand you right, the problem is that the engine will crank very slowly (as if weak battery).

Might it be that the issue is with the starter system. The starter system is initiated at the ignition switch when the key is turned to start. At this point, the ignition switch then provides +12VDC to a starter relay (if the vehicle has got one) but more often straight to the starting solenoid. The relay is but a remote switch with slightly higher amperage capacity. The starter relay then engages and supplies +12VDC to the staring solenoid. The starting solenoid then performs two (2) functions. It provides the switching action (hundreds amps) from the battery heavy cable to the actual starter motor. The solenoid likewise pushes a small pinion gear along the shaft of the starter motor to engage the ring gear. The ring gear is of course on the edge of the flywheel which in turn is attached to the crankshaft.

Starter system problems could be corrected by:
1. check battery, battery cables and connections;
2. charge the battery if required;
3. clean brushes and guides of brush holders of the starter motor;
4. clean the commutator and commutator segments;
5. check/replace the armature or field coils if determined to be defective;
6. in some extreme cases it could be the drive pinion or the flywheel gear ring is defective.
7. often it is the big switch that the solenoid activates that looses contacts causing no +12V internally to the motor.
8. Most likely would be a defective starter relay or the IGN switch itself. Relative to this, you might try and check the connectors/terminals and electrical joints.

In the picture below, the upper portion is the starter solenoid while the one below it is the actual starter.
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Given the amount of work to overhaul a starter, you might consider just replacing it.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

Thank you for using FixYa.

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Hi mate I had a Subaru Impreza and that sounds like the starter motor has died as it made the death sound before it stopped, silly thing but try hitting the starter motor with a hammer hard but not too hard, and if it is jammed this will unjam it but it does sound like you need a new starter motor.

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