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Signs the Starter might be going out

by | Jul 14, 2014 | Auto Repair, Car Care Tips, General Car Maintenance, Safe Driving Tips

To help keep the vehicle in the best condition possible, make sure to go to regular maintenances. The starter in the vehicle is a small motor that is used to crank your engine each time you start your car. Without it, it would be very difficult for the vehicle to start, and may actually not start at all. The powerful motor rotates the engine crankshaft, brining your vehicle to a start. However, since your starter gets a lot of wear and tear, over time it starts to wear out and not work properly. If you notice that the vehicle is becoming more difficult to start, make sure to bring it in. We can inspect the vehicle and starter for you. This can help provide a safe and reliable vehicle when you drive.

Indications the Starter might be going out

auto-repair-7Vehicle starters are composed of two primary parts; the motor that turns the crankshaft and starts your engine and the solenoid that simultaneously engages the starters drive gear. Most forms of starter failure will trigger a number of symptoms on your vehicle that range from minor to major problems. While turning the key, listen for a chuffing sound. If the sound is followed by dimming and brightening lights, it may indicate a mechanical failure in the bearings of the motor. You should also listen for grinding. A grinding noise indicates that the starter drive gear is not engaging from the flywheel. A key thing to look for is the solenoid click. Your solenoid typically lets off a very noticeable click when it engages. Most of the time this indicates a lack of power from the battery, but it could also indicate a problem with the solenoid itself.

Maintenance needed for the Starter

Make sure to bring the vehicle in if you notice an issue with the starter. We can inspect it to make sure the battery or another part does not cause the issue. A low or dead battery or alternator can signify the same symptoms. There are only a few things you can do if your starter is going bad. Over time the starter can become corroded with dirt and grime or become cracked. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect the starter and battery for you. By testing the battery, we can determine if a new one might be needed now, or in the near future.

Maintenance needed from Remote Starters

Remote starters are a luxury upgrade that allows vehicle users to start their car or keep the engine running without a key in the ignition. Although the remote start feature is luxurious in the winter months, it can also have problems as well. Because the remote start is run off of a chip, it can become mixed up in its codes. If your taillights blink or if your vehicle will not start at all, then the coding in the chip could possibly be bad. A taillight blink could also signify a problem with the wiring and starter motor itself. If you notice an issue, bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for the issue.