Starter repair

The starter’s functions

A car starter is a little motor of its own. Both starters and solenoids are part of the vehicle starting system. Their role is to start the engine. It does so by engaging the flywheel and turning the gear, thus making the engine start as soon as the driver turns his keys to the right position. This action is made possible by the starter’s solenoid. The solenoid is an electric relay that sends the power from the battery to the starter. The battery must have sufficient capacity of energy to start the whole process.

Though simple, it requires precise electrical components so the starter is able to operate in hot summer or on a winter morning for many years to come.

What are the signs indicating faulty starter?

There is probably something wrong with your starter if the only thing you hear while turning your car key in the ignition is a clicking noise.

A whirring and grinding noise when starting up your car, can also be a sign that your starter is on its last leg.

The certified technicians at NAPA AUTOPRO have the expertise to diagnose starter problems, test the battery, or replace the starter.

How often do you need to maintain your starter?

Generally a starter can last many years if the car’s electrical system is properly maintained.

Your NAPA AUTOPRO technician will test and install an alternator that meets your manufacturer’s specifications.