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PostSubject: Re: FAQ: Starter/Solenoid Info   Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:30 am

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I've had a few experiences over the years like that with the Riv. It always ended up starting though. I've turned the key and gotten nothing, but then started np on the next try. I never did try to find the "issue". It really never repeated itself enough to motivate me to do so.

AA.... -1* this morning. Turned over extremely slowly, but it always fires up. My windows have been very slow the last few days. I chalk that up to it being in the single digits overnight. My car never does really get the chance to heat up all the way. I only drive 6 miles to work. The car sits for 23 hours a day.

Consider rigging up a battery maintainer. Do you think that you could wire a 12v power jack to the battery on a pigtail to someplace convenient, then plug the maintainer into that? -- You have to bypass the RAP system for it to work right, that's why you wire it direct.
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PostSubject: Re: FAQ: Starter/Solenoid Info   Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:33 am

AA wrote:
Yes, I am going to replace the starter now. The reason I replaced the solenoid first, the click does two things: it acts as a relay to flow power to the motor, and it mechanically moves the shaft to engage the flywheel. I knew the shaft was moving, but wasn't sure if the relay was passing current to the motor. I'd read the contacts can wear out.

It seems I guessed wrong, but it was $30 and an hour wasted. A new starter is $150-up (no, I'm not buying the $50 rebuilt special), so I didn't want to take that leap without knowing. Funny though, it's acting better now. Car has started about 5 more times since putting the new solenoid in. I know it's just good luck, and I plan to swap out for a new unit today or tomorrow.

I got 277,800 miles out of the OE starter!

Thanks for the advice. You've all persuaded me!

I have over 310,000 miles on my original starter... but I *drive* my car more than I *start* it, ha ha.
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PostSubject: Re: FAQ: Starter/Solenoid Info   Fri Jan 22, 2016 12:31 pm

Impressive!

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PostSubject: Re: FAQ: Starter/Solenoid Info   Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:13 pm

Wow....310000
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PostSubject: Re: FAQ: Starter/Solenoid Info   Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:56 pm

yes I have to update my sig, will try to remember to do that soon...
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PostSubject: Re: FAQ: Starter/Solenoid Info   Sat Jan 30, 2016 11:53 pm

Updated. Actually it's over 320K (I prefer to watch the road not the odo). I've logged a lot of miles in caregiving for elderly relatives, which will continue for the foreseeable future.
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