How to Diagnose and Replace a Starter

13 Sau 2017
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Learn how to diagnose and replace a starter in your car or truck. In this video I show you the common causes of a car that doesn't turn over, and then I show you how to replace the starter along with many tips and tricks to make the job go easier and better.
Starter I used:
Battery Load Tester:
Battery Charger:
Swivel Ratchet:
Universal Joint Adapter:
Thread Locker:
Silicone Paste:
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  • Comment your "starter stories" here. I know some Audi's need the engine lifted to get to the starter and the Cadillac NorthStar engine has the starter under the intake manifold! What a bad design! Follow me: → Instagram: Stuff I used in the video: Starter I used: Mutltimeter: Battery Load Tester: Battery Charger: Swivel Ratchet: Universal Joint Adapter: Thread Locker: Silicone Paste:

    ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 4 metus
    • One time my starter went out in the middle of Iowa and well long story short I managed to run my engine out of oil

      Aidan LovickAidan LovickPrieš 17 dienų
    • Even Citroën has this bad design, or probably even worse, because, when I worked on a Berlingò of 2010 there are 2 of 3 bolts that are not easy to reach. I needed to take down the battery and his bracket to reach them, and even with the battery and the bracket down wasn’t that easy to reach them.

      Flory SRFlory SRPrieš 25 dienų
    • My starter story begins with me being a "smort" aka small idiot when I hooked my battery up backwards. Fried the regulator, fuel pump, starter, and shorted the radio. All were fixed, now i have no radio or dome lights.

      policewannabepolicewannabePrieš 2 mėnesius
    • Just came to this video because I was uneducated when fixing my 1993 Ford Ranger, I replaced my alternator, even the starter relay. But now I’m in the process of fixing my starter.

      Scott LillyScott LillyPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • hey chrisfix you should come to Washington state and help us with my 1986 iroc z camaro.

      sophal pansophal panPrieš 3 mėnesius
  • my starter is ezy to locate

    team reaction and gameteam reaction and gamePrieš 23 val
  • He makes it look so easy

    SnowiRosesSnowiRosesPrieš dieną
  • I was on auto play watching audio videos but still watched whole vid

  • U r legend thanks

    DIY KhanDIY KhanPrieš dieną
  • 😀🔥🔥🔥♥️♥️

    Sian thangSian thangPrieš dieną
  • i put my hatchet to good use in tight places too

    muy thaimuy thaiPrieš 2 dienas
  • you sound EXACTLY like randal from CLERKS

    muy thaimuy thaiPrieš 2 dienas
  • fact 1: this Mazda is actually Ford, you can see it in the fuse box fact 2: as a Ford owner I feel your pain with these tight fits

    Matvey TsivinyukMatvey TsivinyukPrieš 2 dienas
  • In my case, the starter is working but cranks the engine very slowly when it's cold out.. but starts just fine when the engine is warm.. (the battery is brand new) also, I'm hearing metal grinding noise when it starts slowly, what could that be guys?

    LOUI JLOUI JPrieš 3 dienas
  • I did not see a cat under the truck

    DandypantyDandypantyPrieš 4 dienas
  • Excellent information and visuals. Thanks. I would add "ignition switch" to possible sources of "no start".

    David EdmundsonDavid EdmundsonPrieš 4 dienas
  • Thanks I just save 450 dollars,300 for the job and 150 for the towing

    Xavier GalarzaXavier GalarzaPrieš 7 dienų
  • My car shakes a lot when it starts and stops. Does it have to do with the starter like in the video?

    WolfSpectruMWolfSpectruMPrieš 7 dienų
  • can anyone explain the scientific principe under the fact that the starter works when Chris hit it with hammer, Thanks.

    Edu NicolásEdu NicolásPrieš 8 dienų
  • یک بار دیگر هم گفتم فاشیست ترینها رو امده اند . هر کس اندکی بیدار بوده عقب کشیده

    moein kasraeimoein kasraeiPrieš 8 dienų
  • we have a mtd yard machine tractor and we replaced the starter and now it wont crank with key its also a shift on the go

    coolnes Huntercoolnes HunterPrieš 10 dienų
  • Hey Chris, what if the car cranks a little too long then starts?

    boldwaysboldwaysPrieš 10 dienų
    • Could be a bunch of things, have you observed any other kind of issues like a fuel economy drop or engine codes?

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 10 dienų
  • I like to disconnect the wires first (if possible). That prevents a lot of grief when having to deal with rusty and corroded terminals that don't want to loosen. Vaseline can be used to smear on the terminals (goes for your battery too).

    Kalle KlæpKalle KlæpPrieš 11 dienų
    • Thanks for sharing!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 11 dienų
  • Can't you skip diagnostic part by push starting the car ?

    Gordon FreemanGordon FreemanPrieš 11 dienų
    • That gets the car started but doesn't tell you exactly why it won't start normally, you should still diagnose the exact issue!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 11 dienų
  • Have been reading the starter on the Mazda MX-5 NC (3rd gen) is super tough. When mine died I didn't have any idea so the dealership took care of it.

    ElStukovElStukovPrieš 11 dienų
    • Interesting, thanks for sharing!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 11 dienų
  • Great video Chris but that Mazda has 139 000 miles on and already a starter needs to be replaced??

    Rudss BotesRudss BotesPrieš 13 dienų
  • oh boy this channel is based on fixing these fords falling apart

    A A.A A.Prieš 13 dienų
  • or you forgot to put the safety NFID chip back into the carkey :-)

    W MW MPrieš 14 dienų
  • What’s up Chrisfix Hey I have a problem with my truck I have a 03 Mazda B3000 And I resent replace my starter but the issue I have is that when I put the new started and tried to connect the battery my truck start cranking without a key on ignition. What do you think can cause that problem? Please help me out!!!

    MsSagastumeMsSagastumePrieš 15 dienų
  • Could you have just replaced the solenoid of the starter?

    miszionXmiszionXPrieš 15 dienų
  • Thanks Chris, as a girl this video really helpful especially if i send my car to mechanic i know what he is doing.

    Saronah JorgenSaronah JorgenPrieš 16 dienų
  • 6:05 - Ah! The Jeremy Clarkson method!

    VIPER.GXVIPER.GXPrieš 17 dienų
  • Loved the vid! Good job. And thanks for showing the preventative measures to fight corrosion.

    David MorrisDavid MorrisPrieš 19 dienų
  • When I proceed to ignite my car, the symptoms of a dead battery occur. The rapid clicking sound comes on. However, I just bought a whole new battery. It turned on and used it. Later, the car randomly stalled at a red light. What could it be????

    Edwin HernandezEdwin HernandezPrieš 19 dienų
  • Hey guys, I'm in need of help. My 2008 ford focus has a very weird starter. The car doesn't start on the first or second turn of the key like normal. It also is weird that I can just flick my wrist and turn the car on rather than holding the key down. Is that normal? I thought my battery was dead, but it tested good. The alternator passed the test as well. Only thing left is to diagnose the starter. Anyone else with a focus that has this weird starter thing?

    oZippedyoZippedyPrieš 19 dienų
  • Ok, kinda getting happy I'm starting on an s10, i have no safty switches, hell, it lets me try to start in 1st

    Just Another DreamerJust Another DreamerPrieš 20 dienų
  • 6:21 When he turn the key to the run position and shut it off and turn it to the run position will that pressurize the starter?

    ceeb2 thojceeb2 thojPrieš 21 dieną
  • My car flooded! I watched your video on gas tank removal because the gas pump mount had a crack and water went in. I cleaned the tank, changed the broken part and put it back together, days later the starter started struggling to turn the car on. I watched this video and I knew what I needed to do next. Thanks Chris for showing me how to fix my car, I saved probably $2k on this! Keep up the great work!

    Miguel SolisMiguel SolisPrieš 22 dienas
  • But how do i know if a starter fots my car. I cant go to a part store because i live in a countey where for some reason they think its unnecessary to have one so i have to order online. Or can i just go to my mechanic and ask him to order it for me?

    StolasStolasPrieš 22 dienas
  • What about if it cranks for a few extra seconds compared to normal? Sometimes fails to start first turn but usually turns over after a few seconds of cranking

    Evan ThomasEvan ThomasPrieš 24 dienas
  • 2:23 that rattling sound brings so many bad flashbacks of me and my car. A 20 year old clueless me always thought it was the starter and not the battery.

    WattsonWattsonPrieš 24 dienas
  • How to know if your solenoid is not working properly and if the solenoid can replace it

    Angelo CorralAngelo CorralPrieš 24 dienas
  • 0:38 is literally no one gonna notice that car in the background is rolling backwards?

    valstybes ismokavalstybes ismokaPrieš 24 dienas
  • Awesome video. Thorough explanation. Great job! By the way, the part about tapping on the side of the starter is what worked for me. Why did that work??

    Eric DroitEric DroitPrieš 25 dienų
  • Just a safety note, on a sloped driveway and no chocks behind rear tyres? Relying on handbrake?

    Andrew LimbAndrew LimbPrieš 28 dienų
  • Hey ChrisFix! I have a Volvo XC90 V8 that may have a starter problem. I have checked all the fuses and changed the battery, and every time I start the vehicle, the engine has a difficult time turning over before being able to start fine. But after driving 30+ minutes when I shut off the engine after I arrived at work I then need to use a jump pack to start the engine again after I get off of work. Is this a starter problem or a different problem?

    LuisLuisPrieš mėn
  • I can not remember the car a brother had that the starter went out. He asked me to come over his car wouldn't start. When I got there my dad was already there and had the car jacked up so I could craw under with a tester to make sure we were getting voltage since he had good voltage up top and couldn't even here a solenoid click when we turned the key. Could not find the starter. It was on top of the transmission. I couldn't believe it was so easy to get to.

    John JohnsonJohn JohnsonPrieš mėn
  • Hi chris, I have a 2013 Honda Accord v6 push button start (keyless). When I put foot on brake & push the start button in Park I hear 1 click inside the starter but no crank. When I pull the solenoid control wire & put positive lead in it with negative lead on neg. battery terminal I see 12volts for a split second then back to zero volts. My question is should that 12v stay solid after pushing the keyless push button start? I am trying to diagnose on why it takes multiple push button attempts to get my 2013 Honda Accord V6 to crank over by starter. I see many people owning 2013-17 Honda Accords complaining about this. I see that in 2013 Honda put the starter solenoid inside the starter housing instead of having a separate external mounted starter solenoid prior to 2013. Thank you for providing any info that can help me or others. Happy Holidays & Stay Safe!

    Nick RomanoNick RomanoPrieš mėn
  • Us brits looking at this like “wth does he have a door key or his car”😂

    Diogo SilvaDiogo SilvaPrieš mėn
    • :o

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
  • Today I was working on jeep and touched the end of metal on wire with pliers that is connected to started and it started my jeep without key in ignition, didn’t even kno that could hapoen

    Alec PointerAlec PointerPrieš mėn
  • Really your instructions on the cars has given me a good message now I can do wonders to my car all by myself thanks very much people watching your repair jobs will definitely appreciate your good help thanks Richard Dcruze of Cochin Kerala India

    Richard DRichard DPrieš mėn
  • 3:33 my cars check engine light doesent come on and my car starts perfectly. Only lights that come on are battery, oil and abs light. Maybe my car is just a little bit older

    fr4z_firefr4z_firePrieš mėn
  • Chris you're the man!

    Jonathan TejadaJonathan TejadaPrieš mėn
  • Thank you Chris! I think your video's are the BEST. Straight to the point and done. I like that!

    Lina BlineLina BlinePrieš mėn
  • Could you have repaired that old starter yourself like; change or clean the brushes, replace a brush spring if needed, clean the commutator, lubricate the shaft ends, or whatever? Enjoy your channel and the repairs you share with us. My truck, an 02 Ford Ranger 4.0L 4X4 (Gold), is very similar to the truck in your video, so it makes it more interesting to me watching. I have replaced the AC relay in my truck's AC recently, and I do carry a whole spare relay and fuse box for my truck for $60 on ebay, and by using one of its relays for the AC Unit the spare use box paid itself off and there's more fuses and relays to spare. I also have a cheap new relay tester. Thanks for all those TIPS you share, and a thumbs up to you my friend.

    Bill KrauseBill KrausePrieš mėn
  • Cool

    Cap'nLucyHackeCap'nLucyHackePrieš mėn
  • Hey chirsfix, I'm from Australia and with our manual cars we don't need to put the clutch in, so why in USA it's different

    Joel RichardsonJoel RichardsonPrieš mėn
  • Thank you

    Vikash AnandVikash AnandPrieš mėn
  • Just fixed my girlfriends car. Chrisfix is the man to go to. Thanks you very much man. Btw it was the battery.

    Noah AdamsNoah AdamsPrieš mėn
  • Tightens battery terminal 'nice and tight' Entire battery moves hahaha

    Spookiiee72Spookiiee72Prieš mėn
  • I'm Amazed your AutoZone is open 24 Hours!!!

    jaymeezjaymeezPrieš mėn
  • Very informative with lots of tips.. Not the first time I came by Chrisfix videos for good reason... great job

    JEFF_KJEFF_KPrieš mėn
  • Thanks Chris, forgot to mention removing the negative from the battery lol

    John DoeJohn DoePrieš mėn
  • What is the main reason of starter burning

    Kishan ThanKishan ThanPrieš mėn
  • Before the starter was invented you used to have to crank the engine to start it. Annoying! And Dangerous because it would spin back.

    Joshua BaughnJoshua BaughnPrieš mėn
  • 7:07 did you chalk off the wheels

    Jackson BancroftJackson BancroftPrieš mėn
  • Lol. Why is all your vehicles breaking down

    Mordo SamsoniteMordo SamsonitePrieš mėn
  • I had a 3rd wire. Where does the 3rd one go?

    High End Vape LLCHigh End Vape LLCPrieš mėn
  • Intermittent no crank/no start on 2010 malibu. Only during the cold seasons...dropped new battery in because it wasn’t up to par. (Needed it anyways). Will start at times then not start for a day or so. Starter, neutral safety switch or possible relays? Heard it could be a plethora of issues, some of these included. Any advice helps!

    gstaacks16gstaacks16Prieš mėn
  • @ChrisFix , Man the hardest one probably is the one from Mercedes Benz A class 170 W168. I couldn't find a good video about it.

    issam Sabirissam SabirPrieš mėn
  • I'm just about to attempt to change a starter motor for the first time. This video has given me some great insight.

    David HollowayDavid HollowayPrieš mėn
  • Why does hitting the starter with a hammer work? What problem does smacking it (other than getting out some aggression because your starter is a POS) solve?

    Bryan Del MonteBryan Del MontePrieš mėn
  • What if my car makes a grinding sound when I start it

    David IrahetaDavid IrahetaPrieš mėn
  • Always unplug the Neg battery terminal when working in the electrical system. Be safe!

    Ricardo GonzagaRicardo GonzagaPrieš mėn
  • Thanks I just change my starter on my 92 ranger.

    Daniel RodriguezDaniel RodriguezPrieš mėn
    • Awesome!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
  • 0:47 But the battery is clean

    ceeb2 thojceeb2 thojPrieš mėn
    • I know!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
  • Suggestion - Instead of silicone paste, something like CRC Marine Corrosion Inhibitor might be better, as it won't pick up dirt after it dries.

    Stephen HStephen HPrieš mėn
  • My car has this issue where I gotta hold the key in the starting position for 30 second to a minute when cold starting. Annoying as hell

    Erick LemusErick LemusPrieš mėn
    • Any issues while driving or just when starting?

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
  • If you hit it with a hammer doesn’t that mean the solenoid is bad because the contacts inside are burnt ?

    Brian PattonBrian PattonPrieš mėn
  • You are a piece of shit CHRIS FIX.

    iwanaGoFast2010iwanaGoFast2010Prieš mėn
  • This one time I had a starter and it got stuck in a fence and ripped it while I was walking.

    iwanaGoFast2010iwanaGoFast2010Prieš mėn
    • @ChrisFix Its was a starter jacket. 😜

      iwanaGoFast2010iwanaGoFast2010Prieš mėn
    • How did it get stuck in a fence?

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
  • Hey Chris, do you have any advice for a starter that is drawing to much power? Sometimes it takes me a few turns before my car starts.

    KGKGPrieš mėn
    • @ChrisFix Thank you!

      KGKGPrieš mėn
    • Starter should be replaced if that happens!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš mėn
  • Mine starts when its wants to and some times the antitheft light comes on and if you leave the ignition on for a minute........... it will start

    Yosvani PerezYosvani PerezPrieš mėn
  • What about a starter button tool ,from batter positive to starter positive.?

    Tyrone BroughtonTyrone BroughtonPrieš mėn
  • I replaced my starter one or two weeks ago. It was pretty smooth, except for the fact that I forgot to disconnect my battery and ended up shorting the starter to the oil pan through my ratchet 😅😅

    Benjamin Joseph BrunerBenjamin Joseph BrunerPrieš mėn
  • Chrish is awesome!🥴

    Mr ObviousMr ObviousPrieš mėn
  • Chris, I am sure that when you die, you will go to heaven. Look how many good deeds you've done, you're a high scorer in the guy's books for sure.

    mustang19msmustang19msPrieš mėn
  • Thank you Criss, when ever I have a problem I come to your videos and find a solution. Your awesome!

    Luka RadosavljevicLuka RadosavljevicPrieš mėn
  • Hi one question for my CVR 2006 starter , when weather is warm not issues..but when is cold very hard to start the car , I got a new battery...but still the hard start

    Edu VaEdu VaPrieš mėn
  • What about sometimes when I start my Tacoma it makes a gnarly grinding noise from the starter area would that b the starter not retracting from the flywheel?

    River AugustineRiver AugustinePrieš mėn
  • Make sure to check your grounds to the body mine corroded out and it cost me 500$ to fix

    Blake HartwigBlake HartwigPrieš mėn
  • Great video for "Idiots" that regret when they were teenagers, not going out there to find out what their dad was doing under the hood their family car.

    mark rosasmark rosasPrieš mėn
  • So uhhh what if my whole starter housing breaks off in my transmission? Yes that just happened a few hours ago...

    Matt HearleMatt HearlePrieš mėn
  • whats the torque value? @ChrisFix

    amine rhammiamine rhammiPrieš mėn
  • Hi Chris can you do one on a 5.7 Jeep Hemi rhd please!

    Jonathan AtkinsonJonathan AtkinsonPrieš 2 mėnesius
    • Not too many RHD cars in New Jersey....

      Stephen HStephen HPrieš mėn
  • if it's a dead battery, yet it's a new battery - then it will die again even after recharging because the culprit is a bad alternator

    P KP KPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • 07 Corolla Wouldn't start this morning, Had an Old battery on it so ended up switching that and still no start. Saw your video hit the starter a couple of times and boom. Thanks guy! really good explanation.

    An CoAn CoPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • you didnt show how to check start relay , or problems between ignition switch to start relay

    sajiktmsajiktmPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Watched this video because my starter is gone and all I want to do is detail my other car because of your detailing videos 😂

    kymmireekymmireePrieš 2 mėnesius
    • Now you know how to get that replaced! And I'm glad you want to detail your other car!

      ChrisFixChrisFixPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • this happened to my mom car and it renewed it self lol

    Walter ThomasWalter ThomasPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • What if the starter is turning but not engaging, what would be the problem ?

    JDS 344JDS 344Prieš 2 mėnesius
  • But wait...the starter is actually working at 9:48, dud you just wait your money 😂😂😂

    SpoutnikSpoutnikPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Thanks so much! My car wouldn't start, then I found your video. Your checklist of what to rule out saved me. Even though it totally looked like I was fully in park, I gave the gearshift a bit of a jiggle, and tried again. It started! You saved my night, you saved me a weekend of waiting for my mechanic to open while stressing over what it might cost, and you saved me the embarrassment of getting roadside assistance to tow me to my mechanic just to see him start it easily. So thanks for ALL of that!

    Private BonespursPrivate BonespursPrieš 2 mėnesius
  • Who else came for another joke video, and instead learned how to diagnose why your car won't start?

    sabastian leiseksabastian leisekPrieš 2 mėnesius