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Once again I team up with BBB Industries to bring you the basic steps in starter diagnosis. If you suspect a bad starter you might want to run through these checks before you commit to get a new one, you just may find that you don't need a starter but rather some other issue is causing the no start.


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    • Lynn Hutchens
      Lynn Hutchens

      How do engage the anti theft on a 1998 Honda Accord 6cyl.

      about 4 hours ago
    • castaway

      too much time on anti theft

      about 2 days ago
    • Luis Lopez
      Luis Lopez

      Watching this video just saved me a ton of time and money. I thought I had a bad starter, but it was actually the key that wasn't programmed. Thanks a lot!!

      about 10 days ago
    • Lynn Hutchens
      Lynn Hutchens In reply to Luis Lopez

      How do you check the key?

      about 4 hours ago
    • G V
      G V

      Hello guys. My MDX didn’t want to start, the dash lights and headlights turned on normally but SUV didn’t start. I thought it was a bad battery so I took it off and took it to autozone to get it check, 45 minutes later they told me battery was ok back home I reinstalled the battery and the SUV started!!! . So I decided to take back to autozone to get my alternator check and they said battery and alternator are fine but my starter failed . I’m a little confused why after the battery was charged it started ? Does this sound right? Is my starter my real problem? Thanks in advance

      about 12 days ago
    • Johnny G
      Johnny G

      Thanks for the tips.... I forgot about that stupid neutral safety switch on my Plymouth voyage. Checked everything else why the vehicle wouldn't click or crank. Dang wires to the switch was the problem. Thank you

      about 12 days ago
    • lab rat
      lab rat you are on top of this. Watch out Marvel- Disney will want to make an Avengers movie about you.

      about 14 days ago
    • Don Brown
      Don Brown

      this is a hard one. Thanks for the video , it really helped! Please watch one of my videos at :

      about 15 days ago
    • David Goyette
      David Goyette

      Hey Eric, This video saved me a lot of money and pain. Yesterday I got gas at a local station. When I went to start my 2010 Toyota Sequoia, there was just a click. I called roadside assistance to get a jump start. They couldn't start it. I then called a wrecker to get my truck towed to my house (3 hours later). This morning I was looking online to buy a starter and watching YouTube videos on how to change out the starter (5.7L). As you know it is a major pain! I happened upon you video on how to diagnose starter problems. You indicated that the key could be the source of the problem which triggered my memory that I saw a blinking Key indicator on my dash. I grabbed my spare key and it started!

      about 18 days ago
    • Jannetta's Garage
      Jannetta's Garage

      Hello Eric I have a quick question.? I have a 98 Tahoe 57 wood a audiovox key fob / alarm system.! My problem is we got the car off it would not crank back up starter something went out disconnected the battery. Replace starter nothing was wrong with old one by the way just was old.! Now every time when I go to hook the battery backup to starter just engages by itself no key in the ignition at all. Does this have something to do with my key switch? Have you ever had this problem with anything

      about 19 days ago
    • Jannetta's Garage
      Jannetta's Garage In reply to Jannetta's Garage

      Thanks in advance for any that you can help me with talk to text hope you can make it out here what I was asking

      about 19 days ago
    • diy Heterogeneity
      diy Heterogeneity

      Sometimes when i start car it sounds like i started it when running but it isnt. What cojld it be

      about 21 day ago
    • Ryan Freed
      Ryan Freed

      Just changed my starter in my 05 crv. It was a pain in the butt, however, it would mimic a dying battery rather than just a click.

      about 29 days ago
    • Mehreen Khan
      Mehreen Khan

      I love this tester.....where i can it ...i am from india

      about 1 month ago
    • Kathy Bailey
      Kathy Bailey

      Sparks under the car something to do with the starter.

      about 1 month ago
    • Kathy Bailey
      Kathy Bailey In reply to Kathy Bailey

      What could be the reason

      about 1 month ago
    • Cole Newberry
      Cole Newberry

      Just watching this now, and it helping me. Thank you Eric, I hope you are still at it strong!. God Bless.--Cole

      about 1 month ago
    • Randy H.
      Randy H.

      My issue is what I believe to be the starter not disengaging the flywheel when the engine turns over. It starts fine, the makes a buzzing sound for 1-2 seconds.

      about 1 month ago
    • Nakoa Warrior
      Nakoa Warrior

      I'd put a multi-meter on the starter to see if it was getting juice.To determine either bad starter or anti theft.

      about 1 month ago
    • Mark Bowles
      Mark Bowles

      holy smoke...Eric thank you so much, I've been trying to learn how to use this cheap multi-meter I bought and it has paid for itself already just in batteries and in time of try this and try that replacement part...but until you get to the root cause of the problem your just guessing...i can't believe I wasn't able to figure out by myself the trick about going to the solenoid and checking for the voltage at "crank key position" instead of checking the relays...its probably some part of the starter that needs replacing (after 167k miles) but still i'd rather know...I hate the inconvenience of breaking down even though a paid for ride is well worth even 200 bucks for a new starter from Auto Zone thanks again so much! liked and subscribed!

      about 1 month ago
    • Bill Jones
      Bill Jones

      Can’t I just test starter motor in place by jumping solenoid lead to see if starter runs? This bypasses the key security failure issue doesn’t it? Will using the spare key, possibly eliminate a key issue?

      about 1 month ago
    • What the
      What the

      Eric, I have a random no crank no start. I replaced the ignition switch.($30 gamble) can you tell me what to set the dial to on the multimeter? Thanks

      about 1 month ago
    • R P
      R P

      Midtronics - it tests the battery electronically, so for the most accurate test, disconnect the cables to make sure that there is nothing interfering. Picture a frequency put across the battery terminals, and how that frequency returns is how the battery tests. Now, you have a computer in the car drawing faint power. It will affect the results.

      about 1 month ago
    • Martin Garcia
      Martin Garcia

      Hey Eric. I have an 1970 c10. My starter starts turning over as soon as I connect the battery. What can be wrong?

      about 1 month ago
    • Roy Cox
      Roy Cox

      Why when you ask a question you never get what you ask like how does the starter wires go on a 98 Volkswagon Jetta Bora

      about 1 month ago
    • Shaun Simpson
      Shaun Simpson

      Good video great tips thanks

      about 1 month ago
    • Matthew Mara
      Matthew Mara

      Can I put my tongue on the battery to check it?

      about 1 month ago
    • Vasil Dimitrov
      Vasil Dimitrov In reply to Matthew Mara


      about 5 days ago
    • Matthew Mara
      Matthew Mara

      Best car repair channel period.

      about 1 month ago
    • mike babb
      mike babb

      I replaced my starter but when I go to start it up it smokes what do I do please help

      about 1 month ago
    • Jarron Williams
      Jarron Williams

      Car lights and everything works but no crank?

      about 1 month ago
    • C N
      C N

      I just installed a starter and when I turned the key it made a short turn then the wire going from the solenoid to the motor melted. What would cause that? Bad ground or solenoid ?

      about 1 month ago
    • Melón malone
      Melón malone In reply to C N

      a short or the battery on backwards

      about 1 month ago

      Great video thanks, any advice about my 2006 Honda odyssey 2.4 I-VTEC, starts normally but sometimes sounds flat but letting it rest it will start normal battery has been checked ( 1 year old) OK, terminals are all tight. thanks for your time.

      about 1 month ago
    • BIG JOE
      BIG JOE

      Please help anyone I have a 2001 Ford Expedition and at least 1 out of 10 times when I start my car it sounds like it was already on and someone starting it twice ...what causes that Screech please help

      about 1 month ago