Weak Battery Causing Starter problem

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by mmdir2002, Feb 12, 2005.

  1. mmdir2002

    mmdir2002 Guest

    89 civic. Does weak battery might cause starter problem even
    though it does turn over the engine? EVer since I replaced
    a old battery, my car seems to start better than before.
    But I still not sure if battery is the one having problem or
    I've a bad starter.
    mmdir2002, Feb 12, 2005
  2. mmdir2002

    Remco Guest

    Sure -- there might be enough power to turn over the engine, but
    perhaps other components (like ignition) are starving. On a cold day
    you could have starting problems.

    A bad starter is usually either turning normally, not turning (open
    connection somewhere), turning way too quickly (relay not engaged), or
    turning too slowly (possibly mechanical problem - most of the time
    electrical supply problem).
    If your starter is now turning normally, your starter does not have a
    Remco, Feb 12, 2005
  3. mmdir2002

    mmdir2002 Guest

    Yes I say the problem is usually in the morning. I have to try few
    to get starter start. Is ignition electrical or mechanical?
    mmdir2002, Feb 13, 2005
  4. mmdir2002

    jim beam Guest

    what is the problem? it won't crank or it won't run? you need to say
    which before anyone can help.
    jim beam, Feb 13, 2005
  5. mmdir2002

    Remco Guest

    When you say it takes a few times, is the starter cranking at normal
    speeds each time? Or is the starter going very slowly, sometimes
    stopping? Or do you just hear clicking under the hood and it 'catches'
    after a few tries?
    Remco, Feb 13, 2005
  6. mmdir2002

    mmdir2002 Guest

    Yes I say it's normal speed. But I don't hear clicking many
    time in order to make full contect. Once it clicking, I usually got it.
    no I don't think the starter going slower or stop. Once I hear a
    click, I usually make a full catch. But before I make full catch,
    usually I don't hear anything when I try. It sounds like there is
    some problem in ignition...
    mmdir2002, Feb 15, 2005
  7. mmdir2002

    mmdir2002 Guest

    i got it run all the time but I've to try few times or wait for
    mmdir2002, Feb 15, 2005
  8. mmdir2002

    Remco Guest

    Ok, so at all times, whenever you turn the key all the way, the car
    does turn over. It never refuses to do that, right? Your starter is
    most likely good in that case.

    Tegger, a frequent contributor to this group has set up a very useful
    faq: http://www.tegger.com/hondafaq/faq.html#stalling
    The stalling faq describes things you'll want to check.

    Those directions should help you get an idea of what is wrong. Come
    back to the group if you are still having problems and need help.

    Remco, Feb 15, 2005
  9. mmdir2002

    mmdir2002 Guest

    Yes it did turn over all the time and never went to mechanic.
    I just hope my starter is fine (if I can replace the starter I will
    replace it whether it's good or bad)

    you know, ever since I got new battery a week ago, my car started
    better than before. This morning it started in first try. But it is not
    100% perfect. You know about main relay problem. I think the problem
    in ignition and main relay. The main relay is hanging loose so I can
    shake it when it refuses to start.
    mmdir2002, Feb 17, 2005
  10. mmdir2002

    Remco Guest

    If it is hanging loose, I'd tighten it. It being loose might have
    contributed to the problem since the relay has a little PC board inside
    and they don't like to be shaken too much. If it is indeed the main
    relay, you can open it up and resolder it if you are handy with a
    soldering iron.
    Remco, Feb 17, 2005
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