PREMATURE ENGINE STARTER FAILURE AT 80,150 MILES - 1997 HONDA ACCORD LX - AUTOMATIC - 10-15-2012
Own a 1997 Honda Accord LX, automatic transmission with 80,150 miles. Shortly after having had to have the Honda Accord automatic transmission totally rebuilt at approximately 69,000 miles, due to premature failure (See Report #46 under Transmissions - 1997 Honda Accord), started hearing a squealing noise in the area of the engine starter where the starter engages the flywheel. Noise would be most evident whenever engine was cold, but noise would subside and/or not be heard after engine had warmed up.
As weather got colder, squealing noise became worse.
Took vehicle to Ed Voyles Honda dealer in Marietta, Georgia for investigation.
Honda technicians determined that the engine starter had prematurely failed, causing the starter to "hang" on transmission flywheel after vehicle started, which caused the noise.
Cost of parts and labor was approximately $500.00 for new Honda starter.
Had nothing but problems with this 1997 Honda Accord in which all vehicle maintenace had been diligently followed for "severe" conditions.