The other starter anomaly

Derek Pulvino dbpulvino at
Sat Mar 1 12:27:44 PST 2008

If it's your original starter, it may be the starter going out.

If you recall, when mine went out a couple of years ago, it was  
intermittent as you described.  The "hammer" test would also get the  
starter to turn at times when it was non-responsive, of course  
performed at the risk of de-magnetizing the unit.


On Mar 1, 2008, at 12:00 PM, 200q20v-request at wrote:

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> Date: Fri, 29 Feb 2008 13:25:55 -0800 (PST)
> From: Kneale Brownson <knealeski at>
> Subject: The other starter anomaly
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> Went to start the 200q20v sedan to drive across town because it's  
> been sitting about a week in sub-zero temperatures.  No starting  
> activities.  No clicks, nothing.  But the blower fan and dash  
> lights all show (climate control on defrost).  So I turn the key  
> again and wiggle a tad and get starter action.  Do my errands  
> without shutting off the engine, but a do try the starter a couple  
> times while moving (shut off ignition, wait a bit, try starter and  
> then, before running out of motion, bump start), and no go.  I see  
> by the meter the charging is at max until just before I pull back  
> into the yard.  So I put the car on the hoist, hoping my problem is  
> the little wire to the starter (been replaced before, but it's been  
> several years) and, after shutdown, just for shucks, turn the key  
> again.  Fires right up.  Try it several more times, and it starts  
> OK.  So is it likely this was just a battery issue?  I have a  
> charger on it now.

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