What does a starter motor do?
The starter motor is the component responsible for turning over or ‘cranking’ the engine to start the car. Without a functioning starter motor, it’s not possible to start a car by using the ignition alone. The starter motor is a key component of a smooth running vehicle.
When you press the ignition to start the vehicle a charge is taken from the battery and used to start the engine.
How often should you replace your starter motor?
Your starter motor is working every time to use the ignition to start the vehicle. This can be even more depending on if you have start-stop technology in your car and the configuration of that system. This is because coolant constantly cycles through to prevent overheating, which means you need to be careful with the signs of a malfunctioning radiator as it is an essential part of your cooling system. This being said, a damaged or leaking car radiator should be replaced immediately.
What happens when we do a starter motor replacement on your car?
Our certified mechanics will:
Inspect the starter motor and the parts around it for any potential issues.
Perform a diagnostic test on the starter motor system.
Replace the starter motor (if necessary)
Advise you if any other parts need to be replaced as well.
What are the symptoms of a malfunctioning starter motor?
Usually, there a few signs you can look for:
If the 'Check Engine' warning light is on.
When trying to start the car you hear a ‘clicking noise’.
When trying to start the car you hear a grinding or whirring noise this may signify issues with your starter motor.
When trying to start the car you hear a buzzing noise, which indicates not enough electricity is getting to the starter motor.