Tag: starters

27 Posts

A Tiny Culprit Might Cause a Big Issue
Sep 21, 2018

A Tiny Culprit Might Cause a Big Issue

Dear Car Talk

Defective brake light switch to blame for car not starting.

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Cadillac's Starter Issue Could Be a Ground Problem
Apr 26, 2018

Cadillac's Starter Issue Could Be a Ground Problem

Dear Car Talk

Don't skip a ground check when troubleshooting electrical gremlins.

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Stop-Start Feature Is Becoming More Common
Apr 12, 2018

Stop-Start Feature Is Becoming More Common

Dear Car Talk

But do stop-start features wear out engine parts faster? 

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Stop-Start Feature Is New and Aggravating -- but Worthwhile
Sep 12, 2017

Stop-Start Feature Is New and Aggravating -- but Worthwhile

Dear Car Talk

Bill wants to stop the stop-start feature on his 2017 Cherokee before it wears out the starter and his patience. Is there an upside to this feature?

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Is This a Case of a Bad Battery, or Evaporating Gas?
Apr 06, 2017

Is This a Case of a Bad Battery, or Evaporating Gas?

Dear Car Talk

Dave's '86 Toyota pickup truck turns over...and over...but is reluctant to start. Is a weak battery to blame, or something else?

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Feb 21, 2017

Starting Problem May Be Due to Bad Immobilizer

Dear Car Talk

Bill's son is set to buy grandma's Accord, but the car seems alarmed at the prospect. What's causing the Honda to balk at starting when it's warm?

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my car won't start and makes staticky sounds
Dec 27, 2016

Pushbutton Start Doesn't Always Do the Trick

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Paul's Accord has a push button start that requires some coaxing. It's under warranty--but how it's handled at the service counter helps down the road.

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Damage caused by starting an already running car
Jul 30, 2015

Today: Starting a Car That's Already Running

Dear Car Talk

How much damage is done to the starter and other parts when you restart a car that's already running? Car Talk explains.

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reimbursment for a mechanic rabbit hole
Jan 13, 2015

Down the Rabbit Hole

Dear Car Talk

Who pays when a mechanic goes down the rabbit hole? Car Talk weighs in on whether Danny's mechanic should refund him for a misdiagnosis. 

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

Is Fuel Saving Method Wearing Out Starter?

Dear Car Talk

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. 

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