so I went outside this morning to use my car and it just wouldn't start. Just making a click noise. I have to guess its not the battery since its new and so is the alternator.
I looked online and at some books and it seems the first thing to check is the starter and check the postive cable going to it see if there is corrosion and junk on it. I can't find the starter in the car. I know what the starter is suppose to look like but I can't seem to find it. Where approximately is its. Drivers side, etc. Any diagram anywhere to follow? That would be very helpful.
If there is no corrosion, than I have to assume its needs the new starter? The car still has the original, and its a 92 topaz with about 87,000 miles on it.
If it needs a new starter I saw looking online that people say it costs quite a bit (like a 150 or more) to get a new one. Are the ones on eBay for like 60 fine? Like this one
eBay Motors: NEW FORD TEMPO TOPAZ 2.3L STARTER MOTOR 91 92 93 94 (item 370032498151 end time Apr-12-08 13:01:47 PDT)
I'm right now a pretty poor college student with my car stuck in a garage, so I'd rather not have to pay to have it towed to someplace to then have the starter put in.
I've also heard from people before that you can "whack" the starter with a hammer and see if that will get it going if its not moving.
I have only done some basic work on the car. Change the oil, put in a new head light, and put in a new turn signal after someone smashed it, cleaned battery connectors, etc.
Is there any hope to do it myself, or am I screwed and better get ready to fork over some cash for a tow truck, starter, and labor?