Is it the starter?

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Asked by Apr 17, 2012 at 02:19 PM about the 2003 Acura RL 3.5L

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Several months ago I was on my way to work and the car wouldn't start.  I tried 5 or 6 times then called a friend for a ride.  That weekend my son-in-law took the battery out and tested it and he thought it was ok - which is good because the battery was only 9 months old.  I took it back to where I got the battery and they could find nothing wrong and suggested it could be the starter.  I did not have any problems with it until yesterday.  On my routine rounds it took 6 tries to start the car the first time out of the garage, 10 times to leave the store, and another 11 times to leave the gym.  What I learned a few months ago is that it wouldn't hurt anything to just keep turning the key.  But I want a reliable car.  Anyone else have this problem?

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Your question is a little bit confusing. If the engine is turning over that means your starter is working. Do you mean that you have to turn the key 6 times before anything happens? if so, that tells me that your solenoid has started to stick and after sending current to it several times it gets freed and passes current to the starter. If your engine is turning over, you have a fuel delivery or distribution issue and in that case you do not want to hold the key on crank for more than a few seconds at a time. Another possibility is that the neutral safety switch could be misaligned. Try putting the car in neutral, then start it. If that works you will need to have that checked. Good Luck! The first and last options are not much hassle, so hopefully it will be one of them.

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I agree with Jared but plain and simple, it sounds like your Starter is shot. If you are mechanically savy or have any friends who are, take the starter off and run it up to an Autozone nearby. I'm pretty sure they do free tests but make sure to call first because not all of them are the same. My car did the periodic starting thing a little while ago and it was indeed the starter. Another quick tip, if you pop the hood and smell the starter( i know it sounds silly ) and it has a burnt smell kinda like a blown amplifier, it's definitely on its last leg. Good luck.

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I ended up getting a rebuilt starter from my mechanic...I am not mechanically savy! It still occasionally will not even turn over when I turn the key. I keep turning the key until it starts.

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