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Starter When I turn Ignition, its a clicking sound that comes from the this the starter or solinoid?

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  • Chuck Que Aug 16, 2008

    Thanks a bunch! the starter sits side by side with the solonoid if I'm not mistaken,

  • Chuck Que Aug 16, 2008

    Thank-you! that did it

  • dgta77 Sep 27, 2008

    i have a 97 honda accord SE. I changed the starter but i still have the same problem. the car runs good the problem is when i try to turn it on , i have to way for a few seconds if i don't it won't .



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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.


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    Tom Sackman Oct 19, 2008

    Unfortunately, after pulling the starter/solenoid mounting plate, I was unable to break free 2 of the 3 small philips screws that hold the solenoid in place (rounding the cross slot) to the mounting plate, so I'll have to replace the entire starter/solenoid. Like a lot of Japanese products, they were screwed on so tight, the screw heads stripped before the threads broke loose.


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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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