battery failure or starter failure

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Old 12 Oct 2003, 07:24 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Hey All,

My 1990 camry has been starting sluggishly lately. It ran fine when started,
but it's been turning over slower and slower lately. I'm assuming it's the
battery or starter. However all the lights were working and power seemed ok.
Is it possible the battery has enough juice for lights, but not for starting
the car or is it more plausible that it's the starter. Is it easy to change
the starter? THanks for any help.
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Old 12 Oct 2003, 08:01 pm   #2 (permalink)
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get your battery load tested

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Old 13 Oct 2003, 01:08 pm   #3 (permalink)
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"ED EDIT68" <ededit68@aol.com> wrote in message
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> Hey All,
>
> My 1990 camry has been starting sluggishly lately. It ran fine when

started,
> but it's been turning over slower and slower lately. I'm assuming it's

the
> battery or starter. However all the lights were working and power seemed

ok.
> Is it possible the battery has enough juice for lights, but not for

starting
> the car or is it more plausible that it's the starter. Is it easy to

change
> the starter? THanks for any help.


It's entirely likely the batt can't supply the 100s of amps for full
starting speed, but the only way to find out is to put a voltmeter
(multimeter on volts range that will accomodate 12volts or more) across the
battery while the car is cranked. If it drops below 9 volts, it's tired.

If the starter was faulty the battery volts would stay around 10 volts or
higher.
These starters have ballbearings so 'poleing' is not likely, but brush wear
or armature commutator faults can happen..

Jason


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