In January, I bought a 2006 EX-L with 56000 miles. Overall I'm very happy with it. But I'm having an occasional problem with the Starter and looking for some advice.
When starting the car, the starter will begin the turn the engine (like say two "turns" of the starter) and then starter will just stop...meanwhile I'm still holding the key in the start position... Then maybe a half second later, the starter will re-engage and start turning again and finish starting the car.
I can think of five possible causes:
1. Failing Starter motor
2. Failing Starter Solenoid
3. Failing Starter Relay
4. Failing Ignition Switch
5. Weak Battery
I don't think it the battery's fault because its not like its struggling to turn the engine...when it turns, it turns fine, not slowly, and not seeing dimming headlights when this occurs.
I'd be surprised if it was the ignition switch or the relay, just because I don't hear of those parts failing very often.
I'm more suspicious of the Solenoid, or maybe the Starter motor itself. About 15 years ago, I had a Soleoid go belly up, so I know they can go.
Does anyone know if the Starter and Solenoid come as an assembly? Or are they separate parts?
Any other thoughts or advice are appreciated