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Old 11 Apr 2015, 04:02 am
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Default Integra '91 , intermittent starting troubles ?

Integra '91 LS, 3dr HB , 5 spd

First Symptom:
occasionally (intermittent), when trying to start car , get noticeable click
from down inside engine compartment but no engine turning over just silence,
turn key off try again, hear same click but this time engine turns over
strong (chuga chuga) and engine fires right up.


3 weeks LATER ---
SAME Symptom , intermittent *BUT* becoming slightly more frequent in
occurrence.
Sometimes i may have to go through 2-4 cycles of turn key clicks and
silence, re-do --- before the engine *Catches* (so to speak) and it chuga
chugas strong and fires up easy when the chuga chuga occurs ?

Any Ideas hints tips ....

thanks,
robb


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Old 11 Apr 2015, 11:37 am
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Default Re: Integra '91 , intermittent starting troubles ?

"robb" <some@where.on.net> wrote in
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> Integra '91 LS, 3dr HB , 5 spd
>
> First Symptom:
> occasionally (intermittent), when trying to start car , get noticeable
> click from down inside engine compartment but no engine turning over
> just silence, turn key off try again, hear same click but this time
> engine turns over strong (chuga chuga) and engine fires right up.
>
>
> 3 weeks LATER ---
> SAME Symptom , intermittent *BUT* becoming slightly more frequent in
> occurrence.
> Sometimes i may have to go through 2-4 cycles of turn key clicks and
> silence, re-do --- before the engine *Catches* (so to speak) and it
> chuga chugas strong and fires up easy when the chuga chuga occurs ?
>
> Any Ideas hints tips ....
>



1) Poor connections between battery and starter
2) Battery not holding full charge
3) Starter going bad (unlikely if original)

Next time the car does this, turn the dome light on and observe how it
behaves when you turn the key and all you get is a "click".
Does the dome light dim to nothing? No dimming at all? Other?

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Old 11 Apr 2015, 12:44 pm
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Default Re: Integra '91 , intermittent starting troubles ?

In article <mgakt3$aad$1@adenine.netfront.net>, robb <some@where.on.net> wrote:
>Integra '91 LS, 3dr HB , 5 spd
>
>First Symptom:
>occasionally (intermittent), when trying to start car , get noticeable click
>from down inside engine compartment but no engine turning over just silence,
>turn key off try again, hear same click but this time engine turns over
>strong (chuga chuga) and engine fires right up.


Time for a new starter. Or possibly brushes and commutator on the old one
if you like doing your own rebuilds.
--scott

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Old 11 Apr 2015, 02:25 pm
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Default Re: Integra '91 , intermittent starting troubles ?

robb wrote:
> Integra '91 LS, 3dr HB , 5 spd
>
> First Symptom:
> occasionally (intermittent), when trying to start car , get noticeable
> click from down inside engine compartment but no engine turning over
> just silence, turn key off try again, hear same click but this time
> engine turns over strong (chuga chuga) and engine fires right up.
>
>
> 3 weeks LATER ---
> SAME Symptom , intermittent *BUT* becoming slightly more frequent in
> occurrence.
> Sometimes i may have to go through 2-4 cycles of turn key clicks and
> silence, re-do --- before the engine *Catches* (so to speak) and it
> chuga chugas strong and fires up easy when the chuga chuga occurs ?
>
> Any Ideas hints tips ....
>
> thanks,
> robb
>
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Hi,
Make sure batter connections(grounding) and to starter is tight.
Then you have good pointers from replies in this thread.
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Old 12 Apr 2015, 12:57 am
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Default Re: Integra '91 , intermittent starting troubles ?

It could be the distributor or other wires. I had this problem with a 92 Accord. After a lot of looking around I looked inside the distributor. When Imoved (slightly bent) some wires, the insulation fell off. I replaced the distributor and it ran like new. Also make sure any wires you can see (anywhere in the engine compartment or dash) are not worn thru and have good connections. Wiggle any connections you can see. They should be tight. I also encountered a battery ground cable corroded where it met the frame, down where it was hard to see. Acid from the battery had eaten it almost all the way thru.
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Old 12 Apr 2015, 08:20 pm
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"Tegger" wrote in message news:XnsA4797640C3492tegger@208.90.168.18...
"robb" <some@where.on.net> wrote in
news:mgakt3$aad$1@adenine.netfront.net:

> Integra '91 LS, 3dr HB , 5 spd
>
> First Symptom:
> occasionally (intermittent), when trying to start car , get noticeable
> click from down inside engine compartment but no engine turning over
> just silence, turn key off try again, hear same click but this time
> engine turns over strong (chuga chuga) and engine fires right up.
>
>
> 3 weeks LATER ---
> SAME Symptom , intermittent *BUT* becoming slightly more frequent in
> occurrence.
>

1) Poor connections between battery and starter
2) Battery not holding full charge
3) Starter going bad (unlikely if original)

Next time the car does this, turn the dome light on and observe how it
behaves when you turn the key and all you get is a "click".
Does the dome light dim to nothing? No dimming at all? Other?
=====================

thx tegger, will try

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Old 12 Apr 2015, 08:22 pm
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"Scott Dorsey" wrote in message news:mgbj1a$ofu$1@panix2.panix.com...
In article <mgakt3$aad$1@adenine.netfront.net>, robb <some@where.on.net>
wrote:
>Integra '91 LS, 3dr HB , 5 spd
>
>First Symptom:
>occasionally (intermittent), when trying to start car , get noticeable
>click
>from down inside engine compartment but no engine turning over just
>silence,
>turn key off try again, hear same click but this time engine turns over
>strong (chuga chuga) and engine fires right up.


Time for a new starter. Or possibly brushes and commutator on the old one
if you like doing your own rebuilds.
--scott
----------------------------------

thanks,
robb


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Old 13 Apr 2015, 06:58 pm
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"robb" <some@where.on.net> wrote in message
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> Integra '91 LS, 3dr HB , 5 spd
>
> First Symptom:
> occasionally (intermittent), when trying to start car , get noticeable
> click from down inside engine compartment but no engine turning over just
> silence, turn key off try again, hear same click but this time engine
> turns over strong (chuga chuga) and engine fires right up.
>
>
> 3 weeks LATER ---
> SAME Symptom , intermittent *BUT* becoming slightly more frequent in
> occurrence.
> Sometimes i may have to go through 2-4 cycles of turn key clicks and
> silence, re-do --- before the engine *Catches* (so to speak) and it chuga
> chugas strong and fires up easy when the chuga chuga occurs ?
>
> Any Ideas hints tips ....
>


Next time this happens take one jumper cable and connect between tghe batter
negative and the engine block. If the proble goes away you have a bad
connection between the engine block and the battery.

Two solutions fix the direct problem (often a hassel) or run a second ground
directly between the battery neg cable and the engine bock. There are a lot
of such fixes running around)


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Old 06 Aug 2015, 12:34 am
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Default Re: Integra '91 , intermittent starting troubles ?


> GUEST wrote:
> Integra '91 LS, 3dr HB , 5 spd
>
> First Symptom:
> occasionally (intermittent), when trying to start car , get

noticeable click
> from down inside engine compartment but no engine turning over just

silence,
> turn key off try again, hear same click but this time engine turns

over
> strong (chuga chuga) and engine fires right up.
>
>
> 3 weeks LATER ---
> SAME Symptom , intermittent *BUT* becoming slightly more frequent

in
> occurrence.
> Sometimes i may have to go through 2-4 cycles of turn key clicks

and
> silence, re-do --- before the engine *Catches* (so to speak) and it

chuga
> chugas strong and fires up easy when the chuga chuga occurs ?
>
> Any Ideas hints tips ....
>
> thanks,
> robb
>
>
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It sounds like a starter issue.

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