Sacramento and Elk Grove Auto Repair

Signs of Car Starter Failure

If your car fails to start, it may mean that your starter system has problems or your battery is not charged before you point an accusing finger on the starter check whether your battery is charged. If so, then the problem is most likely with your car starter. But how can you be sure? Check out the following signs.

1. Funny Sound When Starting The Car

The sin that you have a bad starter is when you hear a clicking sound whenever you push the starter or turn the starter key. A deteriorating starter may alert you of its impending death with a grinding and whirring sound. Some dead starters don't produce any sound, so have your car regularly checked by a trained technician.

2. The Dashboard Light Is On, But Nothing Happens

When starting the car, the dashboard should light up, followed by the engine starting to run. But in some instances, the dashboard may light up, but the engine fails to power up. This is an indication that the starter has problems.

3. Engine Failing To Crank

Sometimes the engine may fail to fire up, but when you jumpstart, it fires. However, in some instances, the engine may fail to power up even if you jumpstart. If that's what happens to your car, you need to have your starter checked by a qualified mechanic.

4. You Notice Some Smoke Coming From The Car

The starter system of your car is among the electrical components of the vehicle. This means it is also subject to short circuits and blown fuses. When you keep starting the car, but it fails, the starter system may overheat and cause electrical issues. Short circuits and blown fuses produce smoke that you'll see coming out of the car. If you smell or see smoke coming from your car, don't hesitate. Call an expert.

5. The Starter Is Soaked In Oil

The car's starter is normally on the driver's side below the cylinders in the left bank. If you open the hood and notice the starter is soaked in oil, the problem could be on the starter, and you could also be experiencing oil leakage. When the starter is soaked in oil, it won't work properly. So as you keep your eye on the starter, don't forget to check for oil leaks.

If you need starting or charging system repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop today!

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