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1995 Non-Turbo with 100K miles, auto transmission.

Recently it began having troubles starting.

Turn the key, nothing. Let it sit, turn it again & nothing. Then turn it again, hold it in start position & boom.

Is this the starter? There is no clicking noises when it's not starting.

The battery is fine. All lights, electronics come on when the key is in.

Thanks!
 

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Yes, it could be the starter, but this also sounds like it could be the igntion switch as well. I had a different car that had this same issue. The internal connections inside of the key tumber and igition switch were work out, and you had to wiggle the key or push in with a lot of force sometimes to get it to engage the starter when turning to start (although going to ACC or IGN worked fine). I suppose it could also be the starter relay?

In order to narrow it down you may need to test if the relay/starter are getting sent the signal to engage when you turn the key to the start position. If not, its probably the ignition switch. I replaced mine on my 91 vr4 many years ago with one from autozone (when i was chasing click click start issue). Never had any problems with that one.
 

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You can bench test it with 12v, but it's a no-load test. When it was on the car, did the lights dim when you turned the key? If not, then the starter was not engaging for some reason (relay, starter solenoid, etc.). If they did dim, then it was engaging but didn't have the juice to turn the engine over. I've had many instances when the motor brushes were on a weak spot in the armature (or commutator), and a light tap from a small hammer is all it took for the starter motor to function again. When this happens, there is no dimming, no click... nothing.

You hook it up on the bench using a car battery w/ jumper cables with -12v to the starter flange and +12v on the main post. There is a smaller wire connected to a smaller post from the starter relay that triggers the solenoid (or magnetic switch) from the ignition; this engages the motor... just hit that with another +12v and you are in business.
 

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Appreciate all the advice!

It was the starter & battery actually.

When it rains, it pours. Swapped both out and it starts perfectly!

Thank you!
 
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