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post #1 of 8 Old 08-25-2011, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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Hello all. I have a 2004 Honda accord lx coupe 2.4 liter. Last month the car almost didnít start on me so I replaced my battery that was 4 years old. All was well until the other day it started to crank slowly again. I checked my alternator and it is putting 13.8 at idle and 14.1 at 2k rpm. My battery is setting at 12.8 statically. I have an alarm with an auto start and it will not start the car anymore because the cranking duration is not long enough with the current problem I am having. My question is do I need to replace my starter?

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I have an 05 lx and had the exact same problem you describe. Difficult time turning over and new battery. If it's not your battery then it is most likely your starter. More specifically the solenoid but it is built into the starter body so you cant replace solenoid without replacing the entire starter. I believe Autozone, O'Riley, etc.. all sell for about 120. The replacement starter that is sold looks different as it has the solenoid on the outside but it does bolt in and there is clearance. I was shocked at how much work it was to replace. You have to remove the intake manifold, throttle/cruise cable, vacuum lines, and sensors just to get at the starter. If you are mechanically inclined then I say go for it.

BTW, I took the starter in and had it tested and the first time they said it was good but it was due to the fact that the solenoid had not completely failed. I had them test a new starter and you could hear an obvious difference b/t the new and old starter solenoid activating. I went home threw in the new starter and no more trouble.

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Thank you for the info. I will be working on the car tomorrow or monday. Ill let you know what comes about. Thanks again.
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Had a similar problem with the 98 Accord and a starter replacement also fixed it. We went with a Honda replacement starter even tho it was more expensive. A few owners have reported early failures of the parts store starters.

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I just replaced a starter in a 07 lx coupe. was not difficult to replace at all. dealers are quoting 400+ for labor and 389 for the part. Do it yourself, autozone can special order the part for $194.99 + $35 core. took 2.5 hrs to remove the old and replace with the new.

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I just replaced a starter in a 07 lx coupe. was not difficult to replace at all. dealers are quoting 400+ for labor and 389 for the part. Do it yourself, autozone can special order the part for $194.99 + $35 core. took 2.5 hrs to remove the old and replace with the new.
I was just letting the original poster know that it is not a quick 30 min job. I have replaced starters on a few other cars and it was as simple as disconnecting the battery, disconnecting wiring to starter and unbolting. Like you said 2.5 hrs to remove. I would not even consider paying 400+ for labor so ya I say do it yourself but realize that it is some amount of work.

BTW autozone = Duralast Import/Starter

For your 2004 Honda Accord LX 2.4L MFI DOHC 4cyl
Price:
$127.99
Core:
$56.00
Total:
$183.99
Part Number: 17870

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I was just letting the original poster know that it is not a quick 30 min job. I have replaced starters on a few other cars and it was as simple as disconnecting the battery, disconnecting wiring to starter and unbolting. Like you said 2.5 hrs to remove. I would not even consider paying 400+ for labor so ya I say do it yourself but realize that it is some amount of work.

BTW autozone = Duralast Import/Starter

For your 2004 Honda Accord LX 2.4L MFI DOHC 4cyl
Price:
$127.99
Core:
$56.00
Total:
$183.99
Part Number: 17870

2.5hrs to remove and install the new one*. meaning i replaced the starter, started it up, wash the car, clean my tools, put my tools away in 2.5 hours so the job really took less than that..

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It took me about 5 hours total. I had the car all back together and it wouldnt start. Took it all apart again and went back to napa. They gave me the wrong starter. But after getting the right starter all was well. Honda wanted almost 500 bucks for the starter. They only had new not rebuilt. Thanks again for all the advice
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