If possible I'd appreciate a diagnosis or best guess before hitting the service stations in my area tomorrow. Problem: The last 2 times the car started it just barely turned over. Sounded almost as if it were the battery, but the battery is brand new and there's plenty of power. Finally, last night I turned the key and I get nothing but a faint click. Aint no way anything's happening. Details: The car is an 89 Honda civic hatchback, 4 speed standard, 90,000 miles. Prior to this there was a loud squealing on and off (usually when it was rainy or snowy) coming from what I thought was a belt on the left side of the engine. Upon inspection last night it looked like it was connected to the alternater - but I don't know very much about cars. A helpful(?) person told me it was my starter. I push started the car and it was fine, no problems, no squealing - drove home. Parked and shut it - still won't start. Questions: In my limited knowlege I'd say I need a new starter. Do you agree? If so how much would you estimate the cost to be if I take it to a mechanic? Is there any possibility it's the alternater? It LOOKS to me like that's where the squealing has been coming from, but I have a vague memory of an old car just completely dying when the alternater went. Might it be anything else? If so, what are the possibilities. Any chance of a guy who isn't the most mechanically inclined, but can change a flat and check his oil fiixing this himself . Thanks.