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Know the Symptoms of a Bad Starter


The starter is one of the most important components of the starter system as every combustion engine need starting assistance in order to run independently.


In most cars, the starter is attached in the rear of the motor, where a gear on the starter aligns with the car's flywheel to begin the ignition process.


When the starter is in proper working condition, the engine runs fine, but as the starter begins to wear out, it has a severe impact on the drivability of the car.


The two components in the starter that commonly fail are the solenoid and the motor which runs the starter.


Here are some of the common symptoms shown by the car when the starter begins to wear out or fail.


Engine won't turn over


The most common indicator that your starter is having some issue is when the key is turned inside the ignition switch and nothing happens.


Such problems arises if the starter solenoid or the motor is burnt out or there is an electrical issue.


The motor doesn't spin


There are times when the ignition switch is turned on but still the starter motor doesn't crank over even if it has been activated.


Generally, such issues are mechanical and in most cases associated with gears that connect to the flywheel.


Grinding noise


There is a grinding noise when the starter motor runs as the gears that connect the starter to the flywheel are worn out.


Even at times, the grinding may also happen inside the starter motor, but whatever may be the reason, it must be fixed to avoid damage to the flywheel.


Smell of smoke


As the starter is powered by electricity, it may overheat because of continuous supply of power or when the engine is not shut down.


Under such situation, there is more chance of emergence of smoke or smell of smoke from underneath the engine.


Do the proper maintenance


Normally, the starters are maintenance free and are designed to last the service life of the car.


Still try to activate the starter in neutral with the engine not engaged and at a standstill.


Also release the ignition key immediately after the engine starts up and this will protect the starter against premature wear.


The problems with the starter are virtually impossible to avoid, but being alert to its failing symptoms and timely replacement can save the other parts of the starting system.


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Know the Symptoms of a Bad Starter  

The starter is the most important component of your car that can assist the combustion engine in order to run the car independently. Moreove...

Know the Symptoms of a Bad Starter  

The starter is the most important component of your car that can assist the combustion engine in order to run the car independently. Moreove...

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