I Think My Car’s Starter Is Dead

Urb’s Garage can help if you think your car’s starter is dead. We can inspect the starter and test it to see if it needs to be replaced. The average lifespan of a starter is anywhere from 100,000 to 150,000 miles. If you drive an older automobile with high mileage on the odometer and you experience any of the problems listed below, it’s likely time for a new starter. Do not worry. We are your one-stop auto shop, and we will get your car up and running again in no time.

Strange Noises Prior to Ignition

Your automobile’s starter may opt to give you a warning that it is going bad. This doesn’t happen in all cases. This being said, if you hear strange noises before your car actually starts, this could be the starter giving you a sign that it needs to be replaced. The most common sounds a dying starter will make are whirring and clicking noises. Drive straight to our shop if you hear these noises before your car starts.

An Inability to Get the Engine Started

Eventually, there will come a point when you won’t be able to get your engine started because the starter motor has died. As its name suggests, you need the starter in order to start your automobile. Jump-starting the battery will not get the engine to fire up if the starter is the problem. In fact, if you try to jump-start the battery, you could damage it.

Working Vehicle Lights

One way to determine the cause of your inability to start your engine is to check your vehicle lights to see if they are working. If they are illuminated, the battery is not the problem. The lights will not turn on if they are not getting electricity from the battery and alternator. If the lights are on but your engine is dead, the most common problem is that the starter motor has died and cannot start your engine.

Hot Odors and Wafts of Smoke

We understand that it is tempting to attempt to get your engine to start by turning the ignition key are pressing the start button repeatedly. Unfortunately, if the starter is dead, no amount of effort is going to fire up the engine. Rather, what will happen is that you will overheat the starter motor and begin to smell something hot coming from the engine. You may also see smoke from underneath the hood.

Call Urb’s Garage in Burlington or Erlanger, KY, today if you suspect that your automobile’s starter is going bad. We can replace it.

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