Question about 1987 Honda Accord
Solenoids have a rotating contact plate that over time will 'burn' the
plate in a particular spot, causing a poor electrical connection, resulting in the 'clicking' you hear. Intermittent problems
experienced are caused when the plate rotates to a non burned section,
engaging the solenoid immediately for a normal starting sequence.
I've been experiencing intermittent 'clicking' sound from my starter solenoid for the past 7 years on my 87 Accord, at first this problem would only happen during warm, or hot weather. I chocked it up to a possible marginal connection in the solenoid itself after throughly cleaning all battery-to-starter connections, and just putting up with having to turn the key a few times until it finally engaged the solenoid/starter control arm, and would start.
I did purchase a replacement solenoid when the problem first cropped up, but was too lazy to go thru the hassle of disconnecting all the water hoses necessary to gain access to the starter mount plate (securing both the starter and solenoid to the bell housing) that has to be removed in order to remove the solenoid.
The problem lately has become more acute, and more often, requiring multiple key turns to get the solenoid to respond. Therefore today, wanting to replace all the 10 year old water/radiator hoses as a preventative precaution anyway, I shall bite the bullet and finally replace my solenoid. Stay tuned for an update as to whether or not this is a solution that may help other that face this same issue.
Posted on Oct 18, 2008
The starter and solinoid are one in the same but I would try checking a bad or dirty conection between the battery + and - termnals first the the conection to the starter.It could be a bad engine ground to the chassis too.
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