this sounds as if you have a ground problem
it doesnt seem to be the clutch,,sense it works fine after it starts
the first place to start is the battery cables
make sure they are tight and clean at the battery,the engine[ground]and the starter[positive]
this is presumming your starter is good
fact is,,,,if the cables are tight and clean,,the problem is the starter
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battery connection is good, starter connection is good. Have not checked ground at engine. the starter has been checked by the parts store and its good without a load. Is it common for a starter to be good without a load the fail while under load?
yes,,it is very possible for the starter to work without a load and to not work well under load
but,,check the cables first
can you explain the big spark that I get where the ground wire (I assume) is attached to the starter body when I try the remote start and probably regular start, too?
this tells me..one of two things
either you dont have a good ground
the starter is bad,and pulling too many amps
it was using your remote to ground
and it isnt big enough to handle the amps
should I try to test the starter under load while its in the engine before I just try to replace it? It's only about 9 months old?
check the cables first
but,you already are testing the starter under load
and,it isnt working
true, what do I look for at the engine ground loose? corrosion?
make sure it is tight and clean
'fact is,,if it isnt the cables
it is the starter
Let me ask you. currently the starter is out. it was pretty tough for me to get it out and probably even harder to get back in. Are you sure enough that you think its the wires that I should put the old starter in. and then maybe have to replace it with a new one after ?. Or should I just try a whole new starter now?
this depends on how the cables look
if the cables are in good shape
they are tight and clean at all 4 points
then you may just want to get a new starter
if you find somthing wrong with the cables
use your starter
Ok thanks alot. I'll take your advice and accept it. thanks alot.
make sure you have a good ground from the battery to the engine
you are very welcome