As its name implies, your car is not going to get very far if the starter is not working. This can be a frustrating experience to say the least. Everything else on the car might appear to be working great, including the battery, but yet you still cannot start it. There are some signs to look out for that would indicate you have a bad starter.
What Are the Symptoms?
There are several common signs that your starter is bad. Here are a few of them:
Your Car Just Doesn't Sound Right
If you hear a strange clicking noise when you go to turn the car on, this can be an indicator that your starter is going bad. This is why it is important to listen to the noises coming from your car as they can help you avoid getting stuck with a starter that has stopped working altogether.
The Lights Come on But Nothing Happens
You might notice that all of the lights on your dashboard come on, but the car just will not start. This is an indication that something is wrong with the starter. If that is the case, your engine will not turn over until you get it fixed.
The Engine Will Not Turn Over
Usually, an engine that will not crank is an indicator of a faulty battery. However, you can assume that your starter is the issue if your car still will not power up even after receiving a jump start. It is at this point that you will need to have a technician take a look at it.
There is Smoke Appearing from Your Car
Because the starter is a part of the electrical system, it is susceptible to problems if there is an issue with the fuses in your vehicle. Trying to start the car in this situation may result in smoke coming out of the engine. If that is the case, you should stop trying to start the car and call for help instead.
If the starting or charging system in your car is in need of repair, please feel free to bring it into our shop for the professional service you deserve today.