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.
What does a bad car starter sound like?
It will usually keep working until it just stops one day. Sometimes they can stop and work again intermittently. When that happens you might turn the ignition key and you hear a brrrr noise similar to when you have a flat battery and then you turn the key ignition off and on again and it just magically starts. If you do have a starter motor not working sometimes you can get one last start or two out of it if you bang the side of the starter motor (under the car) with a pole. Taping the solenoid (with the same pole) attached to the starter motor helps too
Solving Common Aftermarket Starter Problems
Sounds like a few options, starter motor is bad, working under a no load situation is not a guraentee the motor is good, or your engine is locked up, or you need to clean the connections. Could be broken teeth on the flywheel so many things can go wrong, do you have a history of starter problems?
97 Civic starter spinning but not starting engine?
I have a 97 civic – timing belt just replaced. Radiator went out and replaced and I had to have the head gasket replaced. Also has a new starter and new plugs. it was working fine and then sat for…
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.
Pretest Considerations: If possible, visually inspect the starter and-or interview pilots or operators for starting history. Indications of long cranking periods, burning odor or smoke from the starter, kickbacks, a cracked starter mount, a fast spinning starter with no prop movement, oil in starter, grinding noise, or a damaged ring gear are generally indications that the starter is in need of repair and the following tests will not be helpful. Jump to starter issues below for some guidance, but chances are you will need to replace or overhaul your starter.
Tests You Can Do to Find the Fault Yourself
You can use your multimeter to see if the battery clamps or wires are interfering with the flow of power. Repeat your battery voltage test, but this time, in step 3, instead of touching the battery posts touch the battery cable clamps, and then repeat the test, if possible, touching the battery cable wires. Compare your readings. If your readings differ, check the battery cable clamps or the cable themselves, as necessary. Check for corrosion, looseness or damage.
I have a Harley-Davidson 1999 sportster 1200. I get a hard fast clicking sound when trying to start. I Have put the battery on a charger and let it charge overnight. It still does the same thing. Is this a bad battery? I left it hooked up to the charger and tried to start with the charger in start mode and still just clicking sound.