Without a starter, a car will not be able to start. A car starter is found near the transmission. Quite often when a car wont start it can be a number of problems, from a dead battery to a faulty ignition switch.
The first indication your starter may be going bad is at the moment you try to start your car. If you turn the key and simply hear a clicking sound, or nothing at all, then it may be the starter. Given the fact that it also could be a problem with the battery, our mechanics recommend trying to turn on the headlights or interior lights. If they light up properly, then the problem is not with the battery and is most likely the starter.
Another way to know that the starter is in need of replacement is based on the speed of the start itself. If it sounds like it takes a bit for your car to crank to a start, then that may also indicate a problem with the starter. Again, the way to tell is by elimination. If the battery is working correctly and fully charged, then you are most likely having a problem with your starter.
The last way to know if your starter is going bad is by listening for grinding. This noise, called freewheeling, indicates that gears in the starter are worn out and are not working properly. You may have heard this noise before. It is the same one that your car makes if it is already running and you try to start it again.
If you do feel your starter is going bad then it may be time to take it in for service at TL Motors. While changing a starter is not a difficult process, it does need to be done properly by a professional automotive technician that can make sure the new starter is operating correctly. TL Motors’ professionals would be happy to help. We have auto care mechanics ready to accurately diagnose your starting problem and help you to resolve it. Simply contact TL Motors online or Call (626) 331-3511 and make your appointment today.