What does a bad car starter sound like?
It used to be starters lasted a long time. So long they did wear out the bearings and drive assembly …and made unpleasant noises but still cranked the engine. The starter solenoid …the thing you hear that goes “click” when you have a dying battery …could also be replaced without replacing the entire starter. And starters could be rebuilt. But that was “used to be”.
What Does A Bad Starter Sound Like? Here’s How To Diagnose A Faulty Or Bad Starter
Remember that your battery will need to be fully charged (or sufficiently charged) in order to operate the starter motor. This is the reason why a dead battery can sometimes be mistaken for a starter problem.
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.
But troubleshooting the starting system is actually relatively easy, compared to other electrical systems in your vehicle. This system can give you some clues about the type of problem you are facing. And, armed with your car repair manual, you may be able to make the necessary fixes to get your car going again.
So here are some of the most common symptoms you may notice when having troubles with the starting system in your car.
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.
Top 5 Symptoms
When you have a starter motor that goes bad, the symptoms will be easy to recognize if you know what to look for. The best thing to do is to get your starter checked right away after you first notice these symptoms. Below are the top 5 symptoms you can watch out for which indicate that your starter is bad and possibly needs to be replaced.
Alternator and Starter Diagnosis
Rotating electrical parts such as starters and alternators often have to be replaced on older, high-mileage vehicles. Fuel injection has helped prolong the service life of starters by allowing engines to start more quickly when they are cranked. Such is not the case with alternators. Higher electrical demands on charging systems have increased alternator failures.
If you think this could be you, then we hope this article will shed some light on a problem that is more common than you may think. Bad starter issues are relatively frequent and, as a garage, we deal with those on a daily basis. As we will go into some technical details, we provided links to simple explanations for some of the less common terms we will be using. We are not all petrol-heads after all!