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All About Starter Motors

As you can imagine, your starter motor is crucial in getting your car or vehicle started! It is a component which turns your engine over, which occurs when you first put your key in and turn the ignition. The starter motor is, essentially, the link between the ignition and the engine, acting as a messenger or middleman which tells the engine to start taking in air.Starter motors are generally made up of electromagnets, inner rods and pinions. A starter motor depends on high currents of electricity to start working, and it therefore relies on the power that lies in your vehicle battery.

You will normally find a starter motor bolted to the engine itself, or even the transmission. It’s also connected directly to the vehicle battery through cabling so that it can receive electrical current. In automatic transmission, you will only ever be able to engage the starter motor when your car is in ‘park’ or ‘neutral’ modes. This is a safety feature similar to that which you’ll find in manual cars, where you can only engage the motor when you press down on the clutch.

 How Does a Starter Motor Work in Practice?

 A starter motor is a crucial car component that is made up of many different internal parts. One of its essential elements is the starter solenoid, which works to engage the starter gear with your engine’s flywheel, or flex plate. This will differ depending on whether you are driving a manual or an automatic car.
The starter motor engages with the engine by turning over its crankshaft. This is partly why you may hear the process referred to as ‘turning over’ your engine.
As a sensitive part of your car, it is important to know what to look for in a faulty starter motor. However, many problems a starter motor can face could emanate from other components in your car.

  Troubleshooting Your Starter Motor

 Our starter motor is dependent on many things. Therefore, when your car fails to start for any reason, it may not always be a faulty motor to blame. As mentioned, the starter motor communicates directly with the car battery. If the cables between the battery and the motor break or fray, connection will be lost. The same applies, of course, if you notice that you are having difficulties with the battery itself. You may need to charge it or replace it altogether.
Starter terminals are also at risk of corrosion, and what’s more, your starter gears and ignition switches are also likely to be at fault. Therefore, if you feel your starter motor is at fault for whatever reason, it is important you ask a car repair shop to take a closer look.
In many cases, starter problems relate to battery connections and charge. However, in cases of motor failure or corrosion, you may need to replace the part outright.
Therefore – keep a close eye on how your car starts – it might not be failing down to the temperature of the day in question!