1996 Honda Accord starter?Solenoid?

Tiny
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  • 1996 HONDA ACCORD
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 170,000 MILES
1996 Honda Accord lx coupe 4 Cyl automatic trans


On short around trips engine starts with no problems
but after a 20 or so mile trip I'll park, the fans come
on and then when I come back 20 or so minutes later and
try to start the car, all the lights come on in the dash
and I can hear a relay clicking in the engine compartment
but the starter does not roll over. It also has this problem
sometimes when I leave the a/c switch on and try to start
the car with the a/c switch on, when I turn the a/c switch
off then the car starts. I replaced the battery with an
optima battery about six month ago and both problems went
away but are now back. When the car will not start I have
a second person start the car while I tap on the starter
that does the trick, and it starts. I am really tight on
money right now so my wishful thinking says it's the solenoid,
but could it be the starter. Only does it when the engine is
hot. If I let the engine cool for 2 hours or so, it starts
just fine.
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Monday, June 29th, 2009 AT 2:16 PM

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Tiny
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Yep, that's a starter
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Monday, June 29th, 2009 AT 2:27 PM
Tiny
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I know if I change the whole starter it will fix it, but my question is, does it sound like it could be just the solenoid which would same me money?
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Monday, June 29th, 2009 AT 2:52 PM
Tiny
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It could be, but i'm leaning towards the motor, because of the whole " I have
a second person start the car while I tap on the starter" thing.

To be sure of that, you will have to do some testing.

The next time it doesn't start, use a multimeter with some long leads with clips on them, connect it to the big wire between the solenoid and the motor.
And the other wire to ground.

Then go back and turn the key, you should get 12.6 volts

If you do not, check for 12 or more volts at the small lead on the solenoid.
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Monday, June 29th, 2009 AT 3:22 PM
Tiny
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Had this exact problem on my Honda Accord. It was definitely the solenoid sticking not the starter. Problem is I could take the starter off, but could find no way to remove and examine the solenoid. Tapping the starter sometimes fixes the issue, but that is only because the solenoid is attached to the starter and the tapping releases the solenoid. By experiment I managed to get the solenoid to stick in the closed position, which meant that as soon as the battery was connected the car started! Antway after reassembling everything it is working ok - till the next time it sticks!
The problem was sudden, it has being doing it for years but would always start after a few attempts, till this recent event.
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Sunday, September 28th, 2014 AT 12:41 AM

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