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Old 12-31-2003, 10:20 PM   #11
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Flywheel damage?

My family'* '98 Nissan Altima sometimes has the solenoid engaging after the engine starts - this'll give a loud shriek for 0.5 to one second. Since nothing'* been opened or checked yet, my dad theorizes that

a.) Solenoid sticking

b.) Damaged flywheel

Have you ruled out anything to do with the flywheel?

(by the way, the Nissan'* not really a good car. There'* a "something wrong" noise at each corner of the car :P )
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No the starter is´nt working at all, stone dead.

There´* power down to the solenoid.

GM parts, no, the only thing i can get my hands on here in sweden are remanufactured.
(Yes i know that i can order "oversea" but the deliverytimes are often very bad).

I checked the partnumber from solenoid 1 (that held for about 3 years), and it was the same as the other 2 so ...

But i vill beare that in mind when i bye spareparts in future, so thanks!

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Yes, nice and shining

When the starter works, it works like a clock, no strange noises, no startingproblems and no, it disengages directly when it suposed to.

I think it´* the best car i ever had, it runs perfect in winterconditions, but this is very frustrating, especially when i don´t have a garage big enough, so i have to do every repair in the open (and today it´* -6.8 degree C )

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Your dads theory are probobly right for your Nissan,that shrieking noize are usualy when the solenoid is´nt releasing properly.

Now to your questions to me:
No the solenoid ain´t sticking, if it would be heatrelated, it would work when the engine is cold, but it´* stonedead.

Nopp, the flyweel is allright, i checked it for cracks and bad "teeath" when i changed the last solenoid.

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Ps I had a Nissan 180 ZX turbo, runs like a spear, but guess what, the starter broke on it, and it was VERY VERY expensive to get a new one here, so i sold the car.
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I just had a similar problem with our 90 - once in a while it would do nothing. Turned out to be the clutch assembly hanging up inside the starter. I wound up replacing the whole starter and solenoid assembly with a rebuilt unit since was in a hurry.

With the starter out and the solenoid off I could feel the cluch was not moving as freely as it should - not every time but about one in five.
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Very interesting!

This i will look into, did you splitt the starter and determine what caused the jam?

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No, was wife'* car and I travel constantly so had no time for experiments so just replaced (are not expensive here).

Symptoms were just that nothing happened "sometimes" despite a new solenoid & with power, motor spun freely. That left the clutch and moving by hand with the solenoid offI felt it bind once in a while. Might have been the splines or a worn fork or just grit in the sprags. Odds are I could have just replaced the clutch (suspect they are available seperately) but just didn't have time for thowing parts at it.
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Okay.

Unfortunaly my starter is´nt spinning at all.
It´* stonedead :(

So probobly it aint the same problem anyway, to bad.

But thanks anyway!

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Stsrter will not spin until clutch is fully engaged (contact in top of solenoid). If the clutch hangs up, the starter will not spin.

...and you are reading e-mail at 3 am. White nights ?

And another thought - the solenoid pulls about 10 amps & is not designed to be on for more than a few seconds at a time. If you are holding it on for a while waiting for the starter to crank, it is going to overheat and the life will be short.
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Yes! You got a point there!

Hehe, yes i´m doing most of my "internetwork" at night, nothing around that can desturb me

It´* my wife that drives the car, but she´* well trained and i don´t think she´* doing anything wrong when she´* starting it, but it´* possible. (but when on the other hand, she have to be doing it on leater year, beacuse she´* been driving it for 3 years)

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