My Starter Motor Just Clicks. What Should I Do?

The starter motor is a very important component in your vehicle. If it fails, you are going nowhere. You depend on your vehicle every day. The last thing you want is for your starter motor to fail, but if it does, let the professionals at Hansma Automotive help you. If you suspect your starter motor is going, contact us to book an appointment today.

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What Is A Starter Motor and How Does It Work?

Your starter is an electric motor. Its function is to turn the engine over during ignition. When your turn the ignition, the motor is energized and an electromagnet inside engages, pushing out a rod which is attached to a pinion gear. This gear meets the flywheel which enables the starter to turn.  This turning action creates suction, allowing air to flow into the engine. The air is necessary to mix with your vehicle's fuel, creating combustion.

Signs That Your Starter Motor May Be Broken

The following is a list of 3 signs which may indicate that your starter motor may be broken and starting to fail.

1.  You turn the key and hear a clicking sound or nothing at all

This could be an indication that either your starter motor is going or that your battery is dead. Try turning on the headlights or interior lights. If they are working properly then it isn't your battery and it is  likely it's a problem with your starter motor.

2.  You car is very slow to start

If you start your car and it seems to take an unusually long time to turn over, it may indicate that your starter motor is going. Test the battery to make sure that it is working properly. Simply turn n the headlights or interior lights. If they are working properly then it isn't your battery and it is  likely it's a problem with your starter motor.

3.  You hear a grinding noise when trying to start your car

This sound could indicate that the gears in your starter motor are going. It is the same sound that you hear if your car is already running and you try to start it. This does not necessarily mean that your starter motor is broken, however, it would be wise to get it checked out.

What To Do If Your Starter Motor Is Not Working

If you think that your starter motor is broken, you should take it in for service. The professionals at Hansma Automotive are experts at automotive repair. They have been servicing the Kitchener area at 88 Shoemaker Street for almost 30 years. The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Hansma Automotive can correctly diagnose your car's problem and fix it for you quickly and efficiently. The exact length of time will vary depending on the issue, as well as the make and model of your vehicle.

Sources

How Does The Starter Motor Of A Car Work?
How Does A Starter Motor Work?
Is Your Car's Starter Stopping?
How To Test The Starter Motor On The Car

Posted on September 25, 2016 .