Senior Tech Team
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Western Chicago Burbs
Wrong starter / battery diagnosis
My daughters BF’s ’09 Escape snapped a serpentine belt and drove maybe a half to our house so we could access. Picked up a new belt had him put it on with my “over the shoulder” help as he wants to become more hands on with home/car repair. Belt went on fine and started the car twice. Once to make sure that belt was operating right and a second time for him to see the belt / pulleys in action. Shut the car off. Did a couple minor maintenance items including cleaning the battery posts/cable ends. Go to start the car and the starter solenoid is just clicking. Try several more times, click click click. Tap on it with a hammer to “free it up” in case it was hung up, and no help. I just got done telling him that my MOL’s Camry’s starter died in here garage and did the same thing. So with the car starting, with no issue an hour before, the battery light going off with the new belt on, the battery being a 1 year old HD one, that we had 11.87v at the battery and same at the starter, I concluded it was starter.
Installed a new starter, go to start click click click – WHAT! My daughter said maybe it’s his battery. I put a charger on it and it was at 5 amps. So don’t trust just voltage and no matter what you think, throw a charger on a battery even if it leads you to believe it’s not the issue. Told him I felt bad about the misdiagnosis and he felt bad that it took up more of my day then planned. So we’re even and he does have to worry about any near future starter issues.
'66 SS, L34, 4spd (M21), 3.73 posi, #'s Matching, G 5C
- like I would have ordered, but I was 2