The car kick starter is a component that put life to your car: it “turns over” your engine. That’s why I manual gear transmission cars, when your car starter fails, you can switch the ignition on, roll down a hill or have a push of the car, move your gear to 2, the clutch in gear, and the engine start and rev just fine, even after the starter must have been removed from the car! However it should be noted here that faulty starter’s exhibits the same behavior of bad car batteries so it it important to ensure you have a proper battery that can power your engine, have this fully charged to ensure the right diagnoses is given.
How do you know a bad starter? Here are some signs
- Slow spinning over of the engine
When you attempt to kick your car, our engine spins over slowly. Dash lights get really dim while turning the engine, then brightens when the engine is off. Your battery terminals get very hot during this time together with the whole battery cable.
This kind of situation is usually caused by worn out brushes, bushings, or shorted winding or commutator. You may have it worked on but for optimum performance, get a replacement
- You turn the key and nothing happens
A second sign could be when you turn the key to start, and observe no action or a single click and most often during the remedial period, if you keep trying to start the engine would eventually spin and start this could be a sign of wiring problem. Those could be anything from the key switch, safety interlocks and antitheft devices, but most often the starter is always the culprit. However on starters with the solenoid on top, the solenoid grounds through the starter brushes, so when there is a bad brush bad contact you get then the car ceases to start when you turn the key. The tiny wire going to the starter solenoid is expected to get 12 volts or so when the key is turned to “start” but if there’s a12 volts yet no action, then the starter is needs repairs or maintainance.
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