2000 Tiburon starting problems
Hey guys, great site you all have here, very informative.
My name is Billy, and I'm a Volvo guy normally, but will work on and appreciate just about any type of car, and I spend a decent amount of time on forums, so YES, I searched before asking this most n00bish of questions :-D
A good friend of mine has a 2000 Tiburon (it's an auto) that has been giving us some starting problems as of late. The car will run just fine one day (sometimes even that SAME day...) and then won't start all of a sudden. Key in...turn to start, and we get ONE solid click, that comes from the starter/solenoid itself. Then a few days later, without any other changes to the vehicle, it will start again normally.
I have run several rudimentary checks/tests to try and narrow down the source of these problems. To date, I have:
tried starting the car in both P and N (to hopefully eliminate the PNP switch as a problem)
tried starting the car with jumper cables hooked up to my Volvo...still only one click
wiggled the battery cables, they're tight (need to clean them too i guess)
wiggled wires at the starter (it was dark, and i didn't have a flashlight, but they FELT tight)
hit the starter with a big wrench while trying to crank it...nothin
So, what I'd like to know is what does this sound like to you? And just to quell the usual "It's your battery....or maybe your alternator"...it's not. it may be the connections at the terminals, but otherwise both of those things are working just fine (tested while car was running properly). Is there a starter relay that could be bad, even tho the click is coming from the starter/solenoid itself? Can I just replace the solenoid if it turns out to be the problem, or will the whole starter have to be replaced? And finally, where is the best place to get parts online without getting raped on prices?
Thanks guys, can't wait to see what you all think the problem is....