Do I need to Replace my Car's Starter?


Do I need to Replace my Car's Starter?While it seems simple enough to turn the key and be on your way, what happens behind the scenes in your car to get it moving is actually quite complex. When you insert and turn a key in the ignition it creates an electrical pathway from the battery to the starter that causes the starter motor to actuate in order to connect with the flywheel. It then turns the flywheel to get the motor to start spinning, which creates the necessary compression to keep it going on its own. If the starter motor were to fail, which can happen for a variety of reasons, including general wear and tear from high mileage, the vehicle will not be able to start. If your vehicle won't start and you experience any of the following issues as you try and start your car you'll have good reason to believe that the starter needs to be replaced.

Whirring Noise

If you hear what can be described as a whirring or swooshing sound when the key is turned there is reason to believe that the starter motor is spinning, but it is not connecting with the flywheel. This usually occurs if there is mechanical failure with the starter motor or insufficient electricity is flowing to it in order to allow it to properly perform.

Single Click, or Series of Clicking

One of the most telltale signs of starter motor failure is the sound of a loud clock or series of clicks. This means that the starter motor is in fact actuating in an effort to connect with the flywheel but it can either not properly mesh gears or it does not have the ability to spin the gear to start the motor. This often means the starter will need to be replaced.

Grinding Noises

Strange grinding noises that occur when the key is turned can indicate that the mounting bolts for the starter motor have come loose. This will cause a poor connection between the starter motor's pinion gear and the flywheel. The grinding noise may result in worth gear teeth or even worse damage if not taken care of right away.

Buzzing Noise

If you turn the key and only hear a buzzing noise there is a good chance that the electrical connections at the starter motor are fried and need to be replaced, cleaned or reconnected. What you're hearing is the actual flow of electricity as it moves toward the starter motor. Unfortunately the bad connections will prevent the starter from being able to turn on and do its job.

Sometimes these problems will occur briefly and then the car will start as normal on the second or third try. If you are having trouble getting your car up and running and need starter repair in Atlanta head to Lindbergh Automotive. Our full service auto repair shop is staffed by expert technicians who will ensure your car is running great in no time. Give us a call at (404) 369-2348 to request more info or to schedule superior auto repair in Atlanta today.


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