Start soleniod would be my guess....
Back of the starter should look like that on the pic, which one should i short to check if it spins?It could be anyone of the above suggestions. I would wait until it is very hard to start, then it will be easier to troubleshoot. Have your wife\girlfriend\friend hold the ignition switch in the start position and shock the starter with a hammer and a metal tube or long socket extension. If it then starts, you have a problem with the brushes or maybe the solenoid. If tapping does not fix the problem, short the the big terminal on the solenoid to the terminal on the starter motor that has the metal braid attached to it. That will put full battery voltage directly to the starter motor. If it does not spin the engine then you have either a bad starter motor or lousy battery connections.
If you change the starter motor, be aware that your car should have the gear reduction starter that was introduced in 86. You should be able to source a good used one for about 70 bucks from a junk yard. They go for much more on ebay. Do not be tempted to install one from an earlier year. It will work but you will probably end up with a cracked bell housing.
Ed Prytherch, (currently on vacation in Italy.)
Actually its from the end of September, less than 3 months. Welcome to my senile world where long term memories don't include anything past breakfast.Hi Eric,
Thanks for the response but, since I posted this problem back in June, it was taken care of long ago, so long ago that I can't remember the solution, except that it wasn't the solenoid. I've also printed up the L-Tronic thread some time ago. Happy holidays!