I don't remember how that first one at the top got there without the rest of the information. I did not do that on purpose. This bigger post was a little different because I want to know about the access panels to get to the crankshaft. Ok so we should just keep adding to our original post regardless of how things change. So what now? Do we leave this the way it is. What do you want me to do with my post?Please stop opening additional threads for your same existing issues!
Thanks! My first step is to make sure the engine will turn. When I look up a starter the solenoid is a part of it. It looks like you can't buy just the starter and solenoid separately. If I look up solenoid it shows what looks like the solenoid that mounts on the starter, but some of them call it a solenoid switch. Is there a separate solenoid switch that sits somewhere else like a relay?Remove front wheel and theres either a bung, or a removable section that gets you to the crank pulley nut so you can use a socket and an extension
Just because solenoid is clicking does not mean the internal contacts for the heavy current or the brushes in the motor are ok.
I just changed the alternator twice on an '06 Aerio. Was able to reach the idler pulley to remove the serpentine belt by approaching from the bottom through the fender.I'm pretty sure my starter stopped working as I can hear the solenoid clicking but the starter is not doing anything. No lights dim or anything when key is turned. I can see the solenoid but it looks like the starter is way too much of a pain to get to. Before I look into having it fixed, I want to make sure the engine is not seized up in any way. It has had an oil leak through the oil pan and over time all the oil will leak out. I started it periodically to keep it running and always made sure there was oil in it first. I started it in November or December of 2019 but then did not try again until April when the alleged starter problem began. The dip stick showed nothing so I put oil in it before trying to start it. I am in upstate New York where it is cold during these months. I don't think sitting there from December to April would be long enough for the engine to dry up and lock up in any way just sitting there. Would it?
I saw a video of someone accessing the crankshaft pulley by taking off some panels/splash guards inside the front fender but it was a different Suzuki, not an Aerio. Does anyone know if the Aerio has removable panels or otherwise how to get a wrench/socket on the nut of the pulley on the crankshaft?
Also.....if the engine is ok, do you think it would be a good idea to take the spark plugs out and put a little oil, WD 40 or equivalent in the cylinders?
why? its not going to add any load when you try turning the engine over and its just more work for no gain when trying to confirm a locked engine or defective starter.You can reach the crankshaft bolt that way, but you should definitely remove the belt from the alternator before you try to turn the engine any.
Are you suggesting that the alternator can act as a motor and somehow crank the engine? The starter motor is not going to do it unless someone energizes the starter solenoid.If you turn the engine over with the alternator still belted on, there is an unlikely and minute possibility it will crank.
In all my years I have never seen or heard of this happening. Alternators just dont have the power to crank an engine. If you are dumb enough to turn an engine over with the ignition on via the crank pulley however......then it might start, very unlikely but it could.If you turn the engine over with the alternator still belted on, there is an unlikely and minute possibility it will crank. Bad news when you have a wrench on moving parts.
Also, I've seen it before, though only once: the starter arm can get jammed inside the motor. I rolled the car backward while in reverse, rolled it forward in neutral. If it releases and withdraws back into the starter, you'll probably hear it. Try an crank after this.