Tag: starters

32 Posts

Feb 21, 2017

Starting Problem May Be Due to Bad Immobilizer

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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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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

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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

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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. 


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. 

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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