Car Starter Problems? Five Starting-System Inspection Tips
If you suspect the starter motor, take it to an auto parts store for testing. Many auto parts outlets will test your starter for free. An aged starter motor may have worn out brushes, armature, shaft, or burned field winding that may cause unusual noises, excessive current draw, slow cranking or no cranking at all.
A quick inspection at an auto parts store will reveal the drive mechanism and motor general condition, whether the starter draws enough current to operate, and the general state of the internal components.
What is a solenoid?
When starting, if you hold the ignition key in the "start" position a little too long, you will encounter a problem. Here, too, is a spring that brings the switch back to the "on" position from "start" as soon as you release the key. If you fail to do so, you will hear the evidence of your mistake pretty quickly. The good news is that your mistake is not as bad as it sounds. The safety mechanism in the starter has already released the pinion from the ring gear. The bad news is if you do this often or for any extended period, you may drastically shorten the life of the starter motor.
The return springs are needed because the starter motor must not turn more than it has to in order to start the engine. The reason is partly that the starter uses a lot of electricity, which quickly runs down the battery.
4 Most Common Starter Solenoid Problems And Bad Symptoms
2. Using the electromagnetic force created when current flows through its windings to produce a mechanical movement. The movement drives the pinion, engaging it to the ring gear of the engine’s flywheel.
How to Jump a Starter Solenoid
When the main contact point of the plate close, no current flows through the sucking coil. So, the magnetic field coil and the armature coil can get the electric current directly from the battery.
AUTOZONE STARTING & CHARGING GUIDE – STARTER
The starter motor is mounted to the back of the engine block. When the key is turned to start the car or truck, the starter motor turns, engages with the flywheel by the starter solenoid and cranks the engine. When the engine starts and the key is released, the starter disengages the flywheel and stops turning so that the starter is not damaged by staying engaged with a turning flywheel.
Starter Problems-What Do You Hear When You Try to Start Your Car?
If your lights are bright with the engine off, but they get really dim when you turn the engine over with the starter, and the engine turns over very slowly, you may have starter problems. If battery terminals get hot along with the battery cable (positive and negative) you probably have starter problems.
How to Jump a Starter Solenoid
– Clean the terminals, as in remove then and scrape then until clean then put them back and tighten them up. Spray paint is an inexpensive way to keep the corrosion off them. They are made of lead usually so don’t get that on your skin or be eating a sandwich while you do this. Notice if the terminals or any wires hooked to them were loose, that could be the problem.