Are you facing issues in starting your car? If your car is failing to start when you engage the ignition switch, Maybe the problem lies within the starter of your vehicle. A starter failure is one of the most common reasons to create problems in starting your car. It looks similar to other problems with your vehicle and is sometimes mistaken for other issues in a car by some drivers.

A No-Starting Condition can leave you stranded somewhere, even if you are already running late on a schedule, and there is nothing more frustrating than that. All the components of your vehicle are interconnected and work simultaneously with each other. Hence, it can be a bit difficult task to identify the part causing the problem. Here are some ways that will help you to find the car starter is creating problems.

What is a Starter?

A starter is a small motor, responsible for starting the engine of your car when the ignition system is engaged. The car starter takes power from the battery and transmits it to the engine using a starter relay. Malfunctioning of one component of a car starter (either starter relay or power transmitting motor) can leave you stranded somewhere.

How to identify a faulty starter?

Clicking Sound

One of the revealing signs of a faulty starter is a clicking sound while turning the keys in the ignition or pressing the start button. A Clicking sound usually indicates the loose battery terminals/a weak or dead battery. Always make sure that all ends are tight. Another reason for a clicking sound may be a faulty starter relay. If it is not transmitting enough current, it can produce clicking noises similar to dead batteries.

Lights but no action

Another sign for detecting a faulty starter could be the dashboard lights. If you see the lights come out of the instrument panel while going through the ignition phase, but the engine is not cranking up, it may also symbolize that the starter system is damaged. Always make note whether the lights on the instrument panel go dim when the key is in an engaged position. If so, the problem may be in the battery, not in the starter.

Smoke from your car

Sometimes due to multiple attempts, the starter system of your vehicle overheats and creates electrical issues. Smoke coming out from starter could symbolize a burned-out motor. To avoid smoke, wait a few minutes between tries instead of cranking the engine continuously. If you see or smell smoke, call for assistance rather than turning the key harder!

Your engine won’t crank

If the engine of your car is not cranking up even by jump-starting, you may have a problem with your starter, alternator, or another part of the electrical system. At this point, you should stop making further attempts, and call a certified mechanic from computerized autopro for assistance.

Oil has soaked the starter

For most of the vehicles, you can locate the starter on the driver’s side of the motor, just beneath the left bank of cylinders. If you open the hood of your car and see your starter immersed in engine oil, it could also indicate a bad starter along with another problem – an oil leak. Sadly, what begins as several drops of oil can sometimes lead to a costly problem, so make sure to watch out for oil leaks to avoid starter issues of this kind.

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