Tag: starters

28 Posts

Does turning off the car at stoplights save gas
Nov 13, 2013

Is Fuel Saving Method Wearing Out Starter?

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Terry's boyfriend turns off the car at every single red light. He claims this saves fuel (and money). Terry worries that all this does is annoy other drivers and will wear out her starter in the long run. Who's right? Find out what Tom and Ray say, right here. 

fuel economy starters

How long to hold a push button starter
Sep 26, 2013

Is Barbara's Husband Wrecking Her Starter?

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Barbara's car has a push button starter. She pushes it once and the car starts up just fine, but her husband holds it down until the motor engages. She's worried this will wear out the starter. Tom and Ray have done some research in the field of Deliberately Trying to Burn Out Starters, and have some highly unscientific data to report. Here's what they found out. 


is it bad to crank the ignition right away
Nov 01, 2010

Today: Annette copes with a micromanaging husband.

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My husband always gets mad because I immediately crank the ignition of our 2005 Honda Element. He tells me that I should wait a few seconds and listen for the fuel pump to fill. Is this true, or he is just...

ignition fuel injection starters

clutch in or out to start car
Sep 01, 2010

Is a vehicle easier to start with your foot pressing the clutch?

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I am a college student who loves anything mechanical, and I work on a local farm to earn a little extra money. My boss likes to keep costs down, and that includes maintenance on tractors. That being said, none of...

starters clutches

Nov 01, 2009

How to tell the difference between a bad battery and a bad alternator.

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How does one tell the difference between a bad battery and a bad alternator? My car will not crank, but has some power (the dome lights, panel lights and power locks work). I've had it on a trickle charge for...

alternators starters batteries

why does a car starter ever wear out it if only has to work a tiny fraction of the time
Sep 01, 2004

In this case of your Toyota, aftermarket parts might be to blame for your faulty starter(s).

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I have a Toyota Corolla I bought it used three years ago I have had to replace the starter twice As you know a starter is a brutishly heavy collection of magnets mounted on a rotating axis inside a cylinder...

starters aftermarket parts

Jan 01, 2000

Why are you going through starters and flywheels? Shims might be the answer.

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I have a Chevrolet Caprice with a V- and miles At miles I started getting a grinding sound when starting the car I replaced the original starter but the problem continued At miles I replaced the flywheel The old flywheel...

flywheels starters diagnostics

Dec 01, 1997

You paid for a new starter, but it was replacing the $11 "neutral safety switch" that fixed your Suburban.

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I had a problem with my ' Chevrolet Suburban For a period of approximately one month I could not get the engine started I'd turn the key and nothing at all would happen When I moved the shift handle slightly...

liability shifters starters

Oct 01, 1997

A car starting infrequently when the key is turned could be caused by a number of things. Here's where to look.

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I have a ' Camaro -- and believe it or not my name is NOT Donna -- that I think either has an electrical short or a key that isn't working properly Sometimes I turn the key in the ignition...

starters ignition diagnostics

Aug 01, 1997

The starter, solenoid, and battery cables have all been replaced, so why the smoke coming from the ground wire?

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I have a Mercury Marquis sold to me by a family friend that has been a money pit and the bane of my existence for two years now The car was getting more and more difficult to start One day...

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