What is a car starter repair?

In a car starter repair, a mechanic will examine and replace your car’s starter motor to make sure that your engine hums to life when you turn the key.
The starter motor powers up your engine through a series of connections. When you turn the key, your car battery sends electricity to the starter motor. Then, a round gear in the starter motor turns a wheel in the engine called a flywheel (at about 200 rpm!). Finally, the flywheel spins the crankshaft, which turns all of the engine’s parts at the same time.
If the engine isn’t starting the right way, a mechanic will do a few things to test and replace it, which we’ve summarized in the next section.
Key Takeaway If the parts in the starter motor aren’t working together, the engine won’t start, and a mechanic will have to replace the starter motor.

How do mechanics repair the starter?

Once a mechanic determines that the starter is faulty, they’ll disconnect the battery and the wires that run to the starter.
Next, they’ll have to remove the starter. To reach it, they might need to remove or adjust a few car components. Although this step depends on which car you have, the important thing to know is that the mechanic will access the starter and take it out safely.
Last, the mechanic will install the new starter, tighten the bolts that hold it in place, and clean its electrical connections. Once the new starter is hooked up to the car battery, you’re all set!

When should I have the starter repaired?

Here are a few signs that it might be time for a repair:
  • Unusual noises
    : If you hear a grinding noise when you turn the key, a gear in the starter motor might be damaged.
  • Engine starts slowly
    : If something’s off with the starter’s wiring, it could drain too much energy from the battery, and the engine will take longer to start.
  • Engine only starts sometimes, or doesn’t start at all
    : If your engine doesn’t fire up, even after trying it a few times, it’s time to get in touch with a mechanic.
Key Takeaway If your car is having trouble starting, or isn’t starting at all, it’s time to make an appointment with a mechanic.

How important is repairing my car starter?

Once your engine is running, the car starter is no longer in use, so it’s safe to drive with a damaged car starter. However, if you think your car starter might be damaged, it’s best to get it replaced as soon as you can.
Otherwise, you might be left stranded—and nobody wants to be stuck in their car, waiting for help to arrive!

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