How can I tell if a starter went out?

I’ve been having trouble getting my engine up and running in the mornings. I think the problem is with the starter, but I’m not quite sure. Can you tell me how to tell if a starter went out?

Find out if you’re getting ripped off on your car insurance in less than two minutes.
No spam · No long forms · No fees
Find savings (100% Free)
rating white
3.5k Ratings
Answer provided by
Natalie Todoroff
Answered on May 06, 2022
Here’s how you can tell if a starter went out: you hear a clicking, whirring, or grinding noise when you try to start your engine. This is the biggest sign of a problem with your starter, so have a keen ear the next time you’re in your car!
If you’re not hearing anything but still suspect that your starter went, keep an eye out for these signs as well:
  • Smoke coming from your car
  • Engine oil covering your starter
  • Dashboard lights up, but engine does not start
  • Engine is not revving/cranking
A busted starter is a pain at best and can cause a total car breakdown at worst. Luckily, that’s why mechanical breakdown insurance exists—and the Jerry app can help you find it.
Jerry will generate competitive quotes from top providers in less than a minute. Jerry gathers your information from your past insurer, so you’re not responsible for any long forms or phone calls.

Here to save on car and home insurance? Great, you do that. We’ll do everything else.

Sign up in under a minute.
No need to fill out forms or shop around. Sign up in 45 seconds to start saving. Jerry does the rest.
Jerry collects and analyzes your current coverage.
Say hello to Jerry, your new insurance agent. We’ll contact your insurance company, review your current plan, then find the coverage that fits your needs and saves you money.
Get the best options before your renewal.
Jerry does all the picky, busy work by comparing prices and coverage from more than 50+ insurance companies. We compare what we find to your current policy and offer you the three best options before every renewal.