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#2500773 - 01/20/12 09:19 PM Why do Honda starters sound different?
edwardh1 Offline


Registered: 01/17/03
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Loc: Coastal South Carolina
At least to me. Do they have a different gear reduction, or a different number of poles in the starter?
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#2500781 - 01/20/12 09:26 PM Re: Why do Honda starters sound different? [Re: edwardh1]
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I think they turn over a lot more slowly. The Accord turns over at half the speed of any other car I drive. I dunno why. Still started at 2 degrees today.
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#2500783 - 01/20/12 09:27 PM Re: Why do Honda starters sound different? [Re: edwardh1]
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I dunno but i can recognize a honda automobile starting a mile away lol
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#2500788 - 01/20/12 09:31 PM Re: Why do Honda starters sound different? [Re: edwardh1]
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Haha me too with both neighbors every morning.
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#2500796 - 01/20/12 09:43 PM Re: Why do Honda starters sound different? [Re: edwardh1]
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Registered: 12/21/08
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I agree they sound distinct but at the same time, the new Civics (8th gen and up) I find don't have that Honda starter sound anymore. My car sounds like a normal car starting up..
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#2500799 - 01/20/12 09:46 PM Re: Why do Honda starters sound different? [Re: edwardh1]
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Jeeps have a very odd sound too. I love the way the german v12's starter sound though, like an airplane.
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#2500802 - 01/20/12 09:50 PM Re: Why do Honda starters sound different? [Re: edwardh1]
expat Offline


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Perhaps it's because the engine turns counter clockwise ;-)

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#2500806 - 01/20/12 09:55 PM Re: Why do Honda starters sound different? [Re: edwardh1]
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The only starter I ever really noticed having a really distinctive sound was the old Chrysler gear reduction starter:



It's got kind of a high pitch whine and then a moan after you release the key.

I think there was only about 3 different varieties of starters for Chrysler for a long time. When I sold parts, if someone brought in a Chrysler starter, I knew it was one of 3 SKUs.
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#2500878 - 01/20/12 11:07 PM Re: Why do Honda starters sound different? [Re: edwardh1]
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I never really noticed even though I had one for four years. But I can recognize a Toyota just from hearing it start.

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#2501019 - 01/21/12 07:58 AM Re: Why do Honda starters sound different? [Re: edwardh1]
Pop_Rivit Offline


Registered: 02/09/08
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Most smaller cars I can't tell a difference, but I can tell most pickups. My 99 Dodge has a distinct sound, as does a friends 99 Dakota. If I'm walking through a parking lot and someone starts a late 90's or early 2000's Ford pickup it too has a different sound.

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#2501023 - 01/21/12 08:10 AM Re: Why do Honda starters sound different? [Re: edwardh1]
edwardh1 Offline


Registered: 01/17/03
Posts: 2275
Loc: Coastal South Carolina
yeah chrysler alos had only a few oil filters.

I always wonder why there are so many different car batteries and so many oil filters.
seems about 10sizes should fit all.
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#2501082 - 01/21/12 09:41 AM Re: Why do Honda starters sound different? [Re: edwardh1]
cchase Offline


Registered: 11/03/09
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Loc: New England
Honda has always had a distinct sound. It is very noticeable, even in a crowded parking lot.

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#2501112 - 01/21/12 10:18 AM Re: Why do Honda starters sound different? [Re: SLCraig]
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Registered: 06/24/04
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Loc: Top of Virginia
Originally Posted By: SLCraig
I agree they sound distinct but at the same time, the new Civics (8th gen and up) I find don't have that Honda starter sound anymore. My car sounds like a normal car starting up..


I think Honda has changed its starter recently. My in-laws' 2011 CR-V has a different sound cranking than my 2008 CR-V. It seems to turn over faster and with more gusto. My starter, even with a new battery, seems lazy. Sounds like pepperb's Accord is the same way. I walked past a Honda Element in a parking lot yesterday and heard it crank and it was exactly like my CR-V.

Our Acura doesn't have the same sound...it sounds like a more conventional starter. Maybe only their 4-cylinder starts were more distinctive. My CR-V's starter is a Mitsuba starter.

I can hear a lot of differnet vehicles from a mile away. An older Jeep 4.0L. Any Ford Modular engine. A Cadillac Northstar.
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#2501115 - 01/21/12 10:21 AM Re: Why do Honda starters sound different? [Re: edwardh1]
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Registered: 01/25/08
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Certain vehicles have a distinct starter sound. Hondas, Ford Modulars and Jeep 4.0s I can always recognize immediately.
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#2501140 - 01/21/12 10:41 AM Re: Why do Honda starters sound different? [Re: edwardh1]
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Loc: Arizona
After I replaced the original OEM starter in my wife's 04 Odyssey with a re-built after-market one, she noticed it sounded different.

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