Car Starter problems
Starter in a car is a very important component because without it, your car will never start. It is so common to assume that a vehicle not starting is a direct result of a dead battery. In some instances, it is correct but majority of the time the starter should also be checked. When the starter drive gear is worn out or not engaging properly, they will often produce a grinding noise. If the grinding symptom is ignored, it may also result in damage to the engine flywheel. Seeing smoke is cause for immediate concern, and can indicate a few different problems with the unit or starting circuit. Smoke usually indicates that too much power is being drawn through the electrical supply to a starter, has been operated too long without a rest or that there is a connection problem. Smoke might also be accompanied by a burning smell. If you see smoke, you should have your vehicle serviced by a professional soon as possible. You could also have a malfunctioning solenoid. The solenoid transmits electrical current from the battery. Inspect all cables and wires, corrosion around battery terminals prevents electrical flow. Check your brushes and bushes if it is not worn out. Check the armature and solenoid as well. Most units are mounted at the bottom of the engine area either on the left or right side where the transmission and engine connect. Always check your starter and make sure it is in good working condition and if you get weird signs, do not ignore your car and what it tells you. There are several common problems that can occur in the system, most of which result in unusual noises or no noise at all. Common noises associated with this system is spinning sound, buzzing sound, clicking sound, clunking or banging noise, grinding or grating noise, or the absence of any noise at all.