Re: Car struggles to start. need advice
Is the starter an OE, came with the engine?
The reason I ask, the solenoid may have some burnt spots on it. The solenoid pulls in a copper disc over two copper boltheads to apply power the the starter motor. These two contact spots become burnt due to arcing and a carbon buildup begins, read a high resistance, and a lower voltage is delivered the the motor and it turns over slowly.
I know it has been suggested the solenoid is not at fault, but if it has been in use for a long time, it could be a problem. Also, the same suggestion goes for the cables, both ends of them, not only the battery post, but the other end, whether it be the solenoid post for the positive battery cable, or the engine block for the negative cable. Both ends must be clean.
Both cables should be of a large enough cable size to not limit the amount of current to the starter. Most cables are 4 AWG, alittle small and less costly, but a 1 AWG is better. Most OE cables are 4 AWG.
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