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Old 12-27-2011, 01:07 AM   #1
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hey guys, not sure if this is a general question or technical but mods please move as needed...

my car has a weird starter problem. car is a 99 with an sti swap.

sometimes when I turn the key the starter engages right away and turns the engine over.
other times, the starter will just click. in this instance if I turn the key to start several times in a row, it usually engages one of times. ( click click click click vroom)

and sometimes if I am parked on a slope I can role the car just a little and let it pop in gear to slightly move the flywheel, and then the starter will engage right away; but sometimes this dosn't work.

it sounds like the starter is not getting enough power to crank it or something but it reads 12v at the starter.
from my searching, I did this, which seemed to fix most peoples starter problems, but not mine

-new (not rebuilt) starter
-new battery, new terminals and new starter cables
-cleaned all grounds.

all my interior works when key is in so I'm not sure its a bad ignition switch. but what else is there? something mechanical? something to do with bad wiring in my dash or security system?

any help is appreciated.
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:16 AM   #2
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probably bad starter or solenoid to be honest. sometimes when they get old the gear will will stick and won't go in/out like it should.

edit: take it in to get tested (pretty easy to remove) , or just spring for a new one, or even a rebuilt will last several years..
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:20 AM   #3
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Not sure if this info will help you or not but back when i was a Subie tech we used to replace the starter contacts on alot of cars. common problem for the subaru starters from what i remember.
Symptoms were car would start totally normal sometimes but also just click no start sometimes.
We opened up the starter and replaced just the contacts.
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Old 12-27-2011, 01:33 AM   #4
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^i'd check that, many times it's not the starter, but something inside. if you're handy it can be a quick fix, having a shop/repair place do it though and you might be better off with a new/rebuilt, $$ wise.
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Old 12-27-2011, 02:12 AM   #5
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its got a brand new starter/ solenoid in it.
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Old 12-27-2011, 02:22 AM   #6
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hmmmm. weird. it ispossible to get a bad unit. but beyond that i'm not sure...
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Old 12-27-2011, 12:44 PM   #7
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i dono... it is the same thing it was doing before i replaced the starter so i think that its something deeper...
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Old 12-27-2011, 03:23 PM   #8
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nobody has any input?
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Old 12-27-2011, 05:38 PM   #9
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Check the voltage right at the starter terminal UNDER LOAD as you are trying to start the car. Get a reading when the problem happens. If it's above 10V at the starter when it doesn't crank, the problem is inside the starter. If it's lower, turn on the lights and try again. If the voltage drops and the lights dim when it happens, there is either an excess current draw through the starter or a bad connection at the battery. If the voltage drops at the starter but the lights don't dim, look for a bad connection at the starter or battery end of the starter cable.
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Hey i am having this exact problem i have replaced everything that you have with brand new oem parts except my battery I went with an optima redline i think its called that has very good cold start amps. I have noticed it happens to me more in the cold weather. Have you figured this problem out yet i have also replaced the clutch switch and that didnt help either I am thinking that its the actual ignition.

My car is also swapped and i am starting to think its a wiring problem.
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Bump this problem up
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