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Hi everyone,
just registered to this site for some good advice. I have RSX2004, 100K. Recently was 4 times in and out of the mechanics with serpentine belt and tentioner; poor job... Week ago could not start, like starter was not turning and if it did, it was like barely cranking. A battery 10 month old, Acura replaced. Then totally died and without a jumpstart would not even fire-up. Went to Autozone they checked V charge in the battery and alternator, all was great. In one hour could not start again. Had another jumpstart and went to Acura. Got changed battery again, checked charging, all was great (according to their reading), no power drain showed anywhere. They told me (Acura) the starter motor needs to be replaced.

Today (30F outside) barely start again, sounds like battery does not have enough power to turn... like turning half way

another guy said it could be an alternator,

please advice. To replace both of these things is about $1000, cannot afford it
thanks

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AutoZone can't check if the alternator is good? If the battery is full and it doesnt turn over then it's a starter problem. A mechanic can do a quick check on the starter. $1000, im sure there are people that can do it cheaper. Starter is like $150 and it's not that bad to replace, just need to take off the intake manifold.
 

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Starter is like $150 and it's not that bad to replace, just need to take off the intake manifold.
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This is something you can probably do yourself but if you take it to a mechanic, it'll range $300-$400 (depending on area) with new part.
$1000 seems very steep.
 

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thank you both,
Could not start this morning again, starter was barely turning and from 3rd attempt engine was running. But again it was like in slow motion, as if not enough juice in battery.
went to a mechanic and he could not determine if that was a starter problem...Alt was good though and battery fully charged. Whole day all was great and mechanic left car in the bay until tomorrow. He was puzzled; Starter replacement will be around $400 but I do not want to come back again with the same problem and being starter replaced. So frustrated
 

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If you have a voltmeter you can check the voltage. Around 12-13 just sitting there, should go higher 14.5ish with the car running. Usually low voltage from alt turns on the battery warning light. How about the grounds? A starter can have a bad area on the commutator and be a dead spot. Sometimes just hitting it can make it work.
 

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thank you Marko,
voltage was good everywhere we checked, battery charges well and there is no draining. Light on the battery never comes on, nothing indicates the failure. Just began bad start every so often, checked all wire connections, grounds, including on starter, nothing found...perhaps we will go with a new starter. Hitting it could be a solution for a short time, I depend on this car very heavily.
 
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