If you ever notice any unusual sound coming from your vehicle’s starter, you will want to solve that problem so you don’t get stuck on a busy day. Many things, such as battery cable, starter, or the battery can cause slow cranking in your car. Usually, the battery can be checked from the local shops. If the battery is functioning well, get all the connections checked to ensure they are in good condition.
It is also a good idea to check the starter to find out if the voltage and large cables are in good shape and functioning well. This will help you make sure that your starter-solenoid is getting full voltage and has nothing to do with your vehicle’s starting problem.
If clicking is audible but the starter doesn’t turn the engine over, it means the problem is with the solenoid switch which may not be linking the power from the battery to the starter motor. In this case, check the battery and its cables again to ensure that they are not causing any problem.
Now check the two large hauls placed on the starter solenoid using a screwdriver and see if the starter motor can run without involving the solenoid. When doing this evaluation, make sure to park your car and set the handbrake first. If the motor sounds good, the culprit is the solenoid. Get it replaced as soon as possible to get your motor functioning all over again.
Another problem with your starter motor is that it may not disengage with the flywheel. This situation may lead to lots of noise and lots of wear on the starter gear. It also spins the starter motor at high speeds, causing the starter bushing. At times, the starter does not disengage even when the engine is not working.
You can try leaving your vehicle in gear and rock it from side to side for releasing the starter from the flywheel. This may be caused by a weak or broken spring that helps the starter drive to retract when the power is on to start the motor.
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