04-03-2019, 05:21 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Georgetown, Guyana
Originally Posted by Wayne 77
I guess this means, since the solenoid doesn't look detachable, that to fix my problem of intermittent starting I'll have to replace the whole starter. Looks like a major job, with difficult access, probably best done in a Suzuki garage.
Thanks again for your help.
There are other causes of intermittent starting besides a defective starter relay/solenoid, and there are better ways to approach the problem besides replacing suspect parts.
Diagnosis should always come before part replacement - the last intermittent start problem I has was a defective battery - I kid you not - turn the key and it may or may not crank, try a couple of times and it would crank & start - start fine at home, drive down to the gas station to fill it, and no start after filling it.
Intermittent start covers a multitude of scenarios - what are the symptoms? What happens when you turn the key, does it crank, does it click, is there silence, do the dash lights go out?
A loose or poor electrical connection can be the cause of symptoms that could look like a defective starter.
Do you have a volt meter? What's the voltage at the battery terminals when you're trying to crank? at the starter motor terminal? at the starter solenoid terminal?
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