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United Auto Care Can Replace Your Car’s Starter When It Needs It

Call United Auto Care today if your vehicle is doing any of the following things. What is listed below are signs that the starter is going bad and needs to be replaced. This usually happens after the vehicle has clocked 100,000 miles on the odometer. Replacing the starter as soon as possible helps to prevent you from getting stranded with a dead engine that won’t start at all. Let’s talk more about this below.

Pre-Ignition Noises

You may start to hear weird noises before your vehicle ignites but after you turn the ignition key or press the start button. If you hear clicking or whirring during this brief period, the starter motor is going bad. If your vehicle starts, drive straight to our shop so we can replace the starter right away. If you ignore the strange pre-ignition noises, you may end up with…

A Dead Engine

Eventually, once the starter goes bad, you won’t be able to start your automobile at all. The reason why the engine needs the starter to fire up is that the starter turns over the engine so it can bring air and fuel into the combustion chamber. The spark plugs ignite this air and fuel by generating sparks. The starter powers the spark plugs by sending electricity through the plug wires. Your engine cannot start without all of this happening. A dead starter can’t do this.

Lights That Work

If you are stranded with a dead engine, you can determine whether the problem is the starter or a dead battery. Turn on all of your vehicle’s lights to see if they are working. If the lights are illuminated at their normal brightness, the starter is the reason why your car won’t start.

Smoke/Hot Odors

It isn’t commendable to keep trying to start your motor even though it fails to start. Eventually, you will see smoke coming out from underneath the hood and smell that the engine is hot. This means that the starter motor has overheated.

Oil-Soaked Starter

Finally, your starter can get soaked with oil if your cylinder block on the left-hand side starts to leak oil. Unfortunately, this can cause the starter to fail no matter how many miles you have on the odometer. Hopefully, you will never end up with a cracked cylinder block.

United Auto Care in Flowery Branch, GA, is here to help, so call us today to schedule an appointment so we can test your starter and replace it if necessary.

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