Once when around 20', the starter would not release for about a minute. When the engine is warm, no issues. I replaced the starter thinking the bushings were going out. Same results with a rebuilt. Question. Could this be an interference problem causing the driver sprocket to stay engaged? Or is the rebuilt worn like the original. This started a year ago in the winter but did not hang up until this past Dec. Is there a history of this problem?
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2001 Town and Country 3.8L
That's okay....I don't think that the starter that you have in it has the same problem as the old one, though it's possible. Sometimes when the weather gets cold the relays will sort of get lazy. It is more probable that the starter relay contacts are sticking.
Most times you can switch it with a relay with the same numbers on it just to see. It will be in the PDC, (power distribution center) under the hood.
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Warm weather hit us. I will try the relay swap when the cold returns. Probably around Monday.
After more troubleshooting, the noise is coming from the water pump. From the driver seat it sounded like the starter. Water pump change is in my near future. Thanks anyway.
Glad that you get it pinpointed but sorry you replaced the starter rther han te water pump.
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