Check the ground and also check for rodent damage...somewhere!
Also, is the Ignition Timing off/jump timing?
When it does start, how does it run?
It runs fine, just doesn't hit the right MPG anymore. Timing wise not sure, it doesn't use a timing belt only chain.
I am also wondering if there is a starter gear tooth missing or on the flywheel.
I'd like to know as well, its just such a [censored] to change the starter.
When it fails, what happens exactly?
Crank over but no fire?
Do the instrument panel/interior lights stay on or go dim/cut off?
A normal working car sounds like this *Crank* *Crank* *Crank* *turn over*
My car when its failing it sounds like this:
1st try: *Crank* -------- Cra..nk? ----- uh hello?--- *small crank* lol try again pal
2nd try: *Crank* ------- *small crank* --------- NO
3rd try: *Crank* -- *Crank* -- *Turn O-- *cough* just kidding
4th try: *Crank* --- *Crank* - *Crank* ---I think we got th.. *TURN OVERRRRRRR*
I’ve been a mechanic professionally since 2003 and longer than that as a hobby. When my starter failed on my 2003 accord 4 cylinder it acted as you describe. I hadn’t seen or experienced a starter fail like that before.
This car seems like a lemon deal but we got it used. We bought this around 9000 miles from someone who was legally going blind so he couldn't drive and sold it to us for cheap and around 15,000 miles the bearing seemed to already fail, when I bought it from my parents I had to get it fixed. It just went downhill from there