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Hey all,
I've searched this previously but just need the help now.
My wifes 04 pilot has had intermittent starting problems. Occasionally it just clicks. She turns the key to 1/2 for a bit, then it starts.
This morning it did nothing but click so she had to take my truck.
I put the battery on the charger and it was at 95% & just around 12 volts. It's 5 years old so I decided to just go ahead and replace it.

It's on the charger now at 99%, but the car still just clicks.
It did start this morning after charging the old battery.

Where do I start next? I've heard checking out the starter relay and/or ignition switch?
 

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I'd check all the ground cable/straps for corrosion or breaks. Clean connections.
  • Negative battery cable to chassis
  • Engine/starter to chassis
  • Transmission to chassis
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Where do I start next? I've heard checking out the starter relay and/or ignition switch?
Sometimes the fix may be something simpler. Last time I had an intermittent start it turned out to be a bad ground wire. Based on the age of the Pilot there is a chance the problem may be similar. Take a peek down under and check all the cables.
 

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thanks for the replies. I recently replaced the battery terminal connectors and none of the ground or positive wires are in anywhere near as a bad of shape as the previous pictured ones.

The new battery has been charging for a few hours now. Still just clicks....

Looks like I may be replacing a starter tonight.
 

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Based on your description of the symptoms, your starter has been dying. Its time though for a new one. Its located right under the battery......
 

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Similar things happened to me on my boat. It was just a loose connection on the negative battery cable.

Load up the connections with dielectric grease and crank them down.
 

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Make sure you have a long breaker bar. Getting those two starter bolts loose is the toughest part of the job.
 
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Quick update, I ended up replacing the starter with an autozone lifetime warranty unit. The job was pretty straight forward & easy. I did notice the long ground cable that goes from the battery to the block below the starter was little frayed. It was not bad, but slightly corroded & frayed so I replaced it.
Now I have a new battery, new battery terminals, new ground cable & new starter. So far so good. I've started it probably 15 times with no issues...
 

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So you've earned the Piloteers' coveted successful DIY repair happy banana dance.

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