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How to check the starter if its GOOD ???

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by Mr.Tacoma, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. Apr 20, 2011 at 7:05 PM
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    Mr.Tacoma

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    Hey folks, I pulled the starter out of my 97 camry as it only clicks and dont start (even jump starting) is there a way to test it with a meter..??
    Before i check the Neutral/Drive shift switch i would like to be sure of the starter.

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  2. Apr 20, 2011 at 7:06 PM
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    Doesn't Autozone check them for free??
     
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    Most auto parts stores will test it for free
     
  4. Apr 20, 2011 at 7:07 PM
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    ya they do, im not positive on this (in fact im probably wrong) but i think it has to be in the vehicle for them to check it
     
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    No, the have a test bench to test it on. They require it be removed from the vehicle
     
  6. Apr 20, 2011 at 7:14 PM
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    ok. well, like i said above, im probably wrong :D
     
  7. Apr 21, 2011 at 12:41 AM
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    Jump it! The clicking is just the solenoid. If you understand basic electric principles and can read the diagram for it, it becomes pretty self evident how you would test any part of it.

    That kind of knowledge is a lifelong tool you will probably use often. Worth learning.
     
  8. Apr 21, 2011 at 11:18 AM
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    To test the starter: Put the starter in a vise, Positive goes on the side lug(on the starter, not the solenoid), tap the negative on the side of the bolt flange.
    The solenoid is probably junk from hard starting and jump starting. Low voltage/poor connections/bad wires cause the starter to draw more amps. This wears out the solenoid and starter. Get it rebuilt.
    Check for corroded/frayed/poorly connected cables, and have the battery CAPACITIVELY tested. Load tests work for shit; capacitive tests the total health of the battery. Odds are it's bad, just judging from the starter problem. If the battery is more than 4 years old, or has been completely discharged more than three times, replace it.
     
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