The starter motor is a crucial component of the engine in your vehicle. It is responsible for ‘cranking’ the engine & getting it started. Without a functioning starter motor, your vehicle will not start, leaving you unable to drive.

How does it work?

The starter motor is typically located near the bottom of the engine & is connected to, & powered by, the vehicle’s battery. It is designed to provide a high amount of torque to get the engine turning over. When you turn the key in the ignition, an electrical signal is sent to the starter motor, which then turns the flywheel, which in turn rotates the engine.

The starter motor is a complex piece of equipment, made up of several different components. These include the electric motor, a solenoid, a pinion gear, and a bendix drive. The electric motor is responsible for turning the pinion gear, which in turn engages with the flywheel to turn the engine. The solenoid is responsible for activating the pinion gear, and the bendix drive helps to ensure that the pinion gear engages properly with the flywheel.

Signs there is a problem with your starter motor:

  • A grinding noise when you try to start the engine.
  • The engine doesn’t turn on (even with a fully charged battery)
  • A grinding or screeching noise when starting
  • The starter cranks, or there is a single click, but the engine doesn’t start
  • A smell while starting
  • Lights dimming while starting

Service you can trust

If you suspect that your starter motor is not functioning properly, it is important to have it checked out by your mechanic out as soon as possible to prevent any further damage to your vehicle. We will be able to diagnose the problem & recommend the appropriate repairs or replacement.

If you notice anything unusual with your vehicle, or have any questions, call us today on   0412 161 776 for an inspection, & remember to follow us on Facebook for more information, tips and specials.