For a car to start, you need three functioning parts: the alternator, the battery, and the starter. If one of these is functioning below the expected level or not functioning at all, your car will struggle to start. It will eventually refuse to start, leaving you stranded.
Do you know where your car’s starter is located? Do you know how it works? More than 90% of readers will say no. To find out more, here are some frequently asked questions about car starter motors from people in and around Miami, Florida and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Have you ever watched films of some of the first cars produced? What happened before the car would run? Someone would stand at the front of the car bearing a cylindrical metal object, place it in a specific spot, and turn it repeatedly. The metal object is a crank handle. Its job was to get the crankshaft to turn over so that the car would start. Why don’t we see cars being started that way today? The starter motor, of course. The starter motor does what the old-fashioned crank handle did. It gets the crankshaft to turn over, thereby allowing the car to start.
Not all starters are located in the exact same position in the engine. They are, however, generally located near to the engine’s transmission. As a rule, the starter can only be accessed from underneath the car. Take a look at your car’s manual to find out where the starter is located.
If you’re feeling confident, get under your car and look for visible problems such as loose bolts and loose connections. If your knowledge of cars is minimal, it’s time to get the help of a professional. You wouldn’t want a novice to operate on your body. So, you shouldn’t want a novice, even if it’s you, to operate on your car!
Not necessarily. It’s possible that only one part of the starter motor is faulty. The part may be replaceable without replacing the whole motor. Take your car to a reputable mechanic for sound advice. There are many such mechanics in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Miami, Florida areas. Seek a word of mouth referral or do an online search.