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Old 04-04-2012, 06:20 PM   #1
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Default Fix your starter for $5-$10 no special tools

Second time around...

The most common problem with Honda starters is worn out high current contacts, it is an easy fix, no special tools needed.

Start by removing the starter solenoid back plate, [3x7mm machine screws].
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The white insulator around the batt. cable post will just fold off.

With back plate removed you can see/access the solenoid "plunger"
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Remove the plunger, carefull there is a spring on the plunger push rod.
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You can now see the high current contact, "brackets" held in place with the studs and nuts that also hold the batt. cable, [left] and starter motor power lead from solenoid, [right].
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Undo the nuts and remove the parts and lay them out so you will know how they go back together.
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Easy to see the bad ones.
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Rinstall the studs with the new contacts and all the pieces in the correct order, DO NOT tighten nuts yet, insert the plunger and push it all the way in "hard" and hold it in untill the nuts are tight.
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Once the nuts are tight remove the plunger and wirebrush the contact "ring" on the plunger clean, if it is bad you can use a fine Emory cloth on it.

Reinsert the plunger and push lightly untill it bottoms out, then push on it hard, it should move another 3/16-1/4", [collapsing "leveling spring" on the back og the plunger], if good, reinstall back cover and connect starter motor power lead and test the starter.
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The parts, [high current contact "brackets"]
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can be found at any starter/alt. repair shop, just take your old ones in to match them up, should cost beteen $5 and $10 for the pair.

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Old 04-04-2012, 06:22 PM   #2
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nice write up
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:30 PM   #3
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What the hell???, 45min. of typing and posting pix and all that is left is a pic of the starter????
Dc4LsTeG are you being sarcastic or are you seeing the whole post, 5-6 pics? 94
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No? The post changed. I saw the whole original post I wasn't being sarcastic
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Old 04-04-2012, 06:34 PM   #5
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Aww no text :/
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Damnit i want to read this!
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:35 AM   #7
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Wanna see this write up lolz.
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damn, thats baddass! So simple put it in a vice and BAM problem solved lol
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Old 04-05-2012, 05:46 AM   #9
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Damn I would of loved to see this write up.. My starter is going bad too><
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I will redo it tonight.

When I go to edit, there is nothing at all there, not even the single pic that does come up, mods, you can remove what is left of this post, I can't even deleat it. 94
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I will redo it tonight.

When I go to edit, there is nothing at all there, not even the single pic that does come up, mods, you can remove what is left of this post, I can't even deleat it. 94
To get rid of the pic you have to go to manage attachments like when you add the pics
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so in short, buy a new one?
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No it was a write up on how to replace the high powered contacts which he said was the thing that usually goes wrong with them when it happens
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Boooooooooo....... :thumbsdown: for stupid glitches.
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DAMNN. 45 minutes of typing for only 1 picture to show up? hahah that blows.
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To get rid of the pic you have to go to manage attachments like when you add the pics
Got it, TY

Still can't deleat the post, but I will try and redo this one tonight.

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Fixed. 94
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Here some Toyota part numbers that'll work
http://www.team-integra.net/forum/19...than-20-a.html

And a removal and replacement video as well
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWm8j1SkUD8
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so in short, buy a new one?
you see, a long time ago, in a land far far away, people didn't just replace parts; they actually fixed them.
i know. crazy, right?

great write up. thank you for taking the time to share
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you see, a long time ago, in a land far far away, people didn't just replace parts; they actually fixed them.
i know. crazy, right?

great write up. thank you for taking the time to share
you missed the post last night, there was nothing in the post lol
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Nice one! I like it!
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Nice job man, thanks for doing it twice, too! Definitely a fan of fixing instead of replacing when I can.
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you missed the post last night, there was nothing in the post lol
gotcha. my bad
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gotcha. my bad
Yea there was some kind of "glitch" and when I posted all that came up was one pic., had to redo it.

The sad part is it took less then an hour to fix the starter, including taking a bunch of shots, and it has taken almost two days to install it because of a seized lower mounting bolt, ended up having to cut the head off the bolt, now it is a stud. 94
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Wow. Wish I had this back in 2008 when my starter died on me and cost a bazillion dollars to fix when it clearly shouldn't have. In retrospect, though, it was the catalyst to get me to learn more about my car. I've come a long way since then.
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