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Old 02-06-2006, 08:41 PM   #1
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New starter?

I am having a problem with the starter on my car. I drive a 94 cavaler 3.1 L . I sometimes have a problem where when I try to start the car I get a clicking sound, just once. I keep retrying the ignition and it soon starts. This happens when the car is cold. Do I need a new starter? Is there a solenoid on the started i can change? thanks .
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Old 02-06-2006, 08:45 PM   #2
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Changing in the solenoid on the starter is difficult and can be a costly job. it is usually better to just change the entire starter out and is a bit easier. it clicks only once when the car is cold? or have you tried keep turning the key and you keep hearing the clicking sound?
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Old 02-06-2006, 10:44 PM   #3
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What type of clicking sound? This could even be the coil if it is a certain type of clicking. This is probably not so since it just happens at start-up.
Is it only when it starts? It happens only when you start it when it is cold?
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Old 02-06-2006, 11:13 PM   #4
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Sorry, the problem doesn't only happen when its cold, but when its cold, it will happen more. I mean that when the car is warmed up I don't usually have that problem. Would you recommend I change the starter myself? I think I can do it, althought I never have before. A mechanic would charge too much.
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Old 02-06-2006, 11:33 PM   #5
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Sorry, the problem doesn't only happen when its cold, but when its cold, it will happen more. I mean that when the car is warmed up I don't usually have that problem. Would you recommend I change the starter myself? I think I can do it, althought I never have before. A mechanic would charge too much.
I've never known it to happen more when cold, but usually on a random basis. Chances are it is your starter motor at fault though!
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Old 02-07-2006, 01:27 AM   #6
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Check your electrical cable lugs at the battery (-ve and +ve) and at the starter for corrosion and tightness. Check your chassis straps too
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Old 02-15-2006, 10:52 PM   #7
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I just had a problem the other day. I started my car and the starter kept running. After I turned the car off the starter was still running. I had to unplug the battery to get it to turn off. I plugged the battery back in a few days later and the starter was still running. I tapped the starter a few times with a wrench and it stopped running. I was then able to start the car normally. I am thinking there is some relay that is sticking, and keeping the starter in the on position, or keeping it from going into the on position sometimes. I am thinking that when its cold there is some gunk or grease in the relay that keeps the relay from switching. When its warmed up I dont have any problems. Should I clean the solenoid out with some electro cleaner? There is no ignition or starter relay part for this car. Is the relay occuring in the solenoid? Thanks
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Old 02-16-2006, 03:59 PM   #8
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just get a new starter from the store and fix it

simple
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