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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Starter
Common signs include the engine not turning over, starter engaging but not spinning the motor, and grinding noises or smoke when starting the motor.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Starter Relay
Common signs include the vehicle not starting, starter staying on after the engine started, intermittent issues starting, and a clicking sound.
How Long Does a Starter Relay Last?
Most people are familiar with fuses – they allow your car’s electronics to work while protecting them from over-voltage situations. Relays are similar, but much larger and more powerful. There’s a relay...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Glow Plugs & Timer
Common signs include unusual sounds coming from the car, difficulty starting the car, and the Glow Plugs Light turning on.
5 Essential Things to Know About Remote Starters
Remote starters are great for those frigid mornings when you want to slide into a nice and toasty vehicle for the drive to work. However, before you rush out and purchase one, there are...
How to Buy a Good Quality Remote Starter
When it comes to added features for your vehicle, the remote starter has become increasingly popular over the years. This device makes it possible for you to start your car from the...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Cold Start Injector
Common signs include hard starting, a decrease in fuel efficiency, and engine performance issues.
How Long Does a Cold Start Injector Last?
The cold start injector is also known as the cold start valve, and is an important part of keeping your engine running smoothly. The cold start injector is a fuel injector...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Electronic Control Relay
If your engine cranks but does not start or powers on but does not function, you may need to replace the electronic control relay.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Speed Timing Sensor
Common signs include the transmission having difficulty shifting, Check Engine Light coming on, vehicle not starting, and loss of engine power.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Camshaft Position Sensor
Common signs include the Check Engine Light coming on, the vehicle not starting, and an overall reduction in vehicle quality.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Distributor Rotor and Cap
Common signs include engine misfires, car not starting, the Check Engine Light coming on, and excessive or unusual engine noises.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Ignition Ignitor
Common signs include engine misfires, the Check Engine Light coming on, car not starting, and a decrease in power, acceleration, and fuel efficiency.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Coolant Temperature Switch (Sensor)
Common signs include poor fuel economy, black smoke coming from the engine, overheating, and the Check Engine Light turning on.
How Long Does a Starter Last?
You turn the key in the ignition of your car and the engine cranks – that’s about as far as most drivers get in considering how the engine actually starts. What really happens...
How to Connect a Remote Starter
Have you ever gone out to your car on a cold winter morning and wished that the windows were already defrosted? With a remote starter kit, you can start the engine from...
How to Replace a Starter Relay
Starter relays are faulty if there are problems starting the engine, the starter stays on after cranking, or a clicking noise comes from the starter.
How to Buy a Good Quality Starter
Did you know that when automobiles were first invented, you had to crank them to get them started? Fast forward to today, when many vehicles have a key or even a button that...

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Starter or cables
It is quite possible this may just simply be a dead battery. The starter typically will give some kind of warning sign prior to completely failing out of nowhere. In some cases this is also misdiagnosed as a failing alternator...
Car won't start
Hi there. Usually when you hear a clicking sound when you attempt to start the vehicle, it's because the starter motor won't engage. It's possible that when you replaced the starter, the starter relay that supplies power to the starter...
Car won't start with a loud clicking sound coming from starter
A starter like any other mechanical and electrical part is subject to failure sometimes for no apparent reason. However, sometimes this is misdiagnosed as well and often mistaken for something much more simple like a fuse or starter relay. ...
It won't start. It goes click, click, click rapidly. Is it the battery or the starter?
Hello there. A crank but no start is a very common problem on your 2003 Honda Accord. Many faults can cause this but the first one to rule out would be the battery, a load test must be performed to...
Ignition, Starter, or something else?
Hi there. I understand how frustrating things like this can be. Base on what you've described, the year, and mileage of the vehicle it sounds like your battery has gone weak or failed internally. A good battery test with a...
After shop replaced my starter on 330ci bmw, my car is in limp mode
Hi. More than likely there is a fuse blown causing the car to be in limp mode. This could have happened when they reconnected the battery or when things were removed to get to the starter. The shop will always...
Car been sitting in garage for over a year. Bad starter.
Hello. There are quite a few things that you should do. The extent to which you do them will depend on need as you prioritize it with the budget you have. After replacing the starter, you will also want to...
Engine turns but won't start - 2001 Mercedes-Benz ML430
Hello and thank you for your question. Check for the three essentials that the engine needs to run. Check for air in the engine and make sure that the air filter is not plugged up. Check for spark to the...
Car starts on its own. Just changed the starter, the solenoid is okay, and I checked the wiring.
Hello. Either the two big terminals are touching each other on the starter solenoid or the starter solenoid is shorted internally. You should check to make sure the two large terminals are not touching. If you would like to have...
Is my alternator bad or my cables?
Hello. If the vehicle is only working when the charger is installed then there is high resistance in the vehicles electrical system. Most of the time it is caused by a bad positive battery cable. I usually do a voltage...
Car keeps saying the starter is disabled
It sounds like the new key needs to be encoded with the powertrain control module (PCM). The original key has a resistor in it with a specific resistance value. If the PCM sees a different resistance value, it will disable...
I touched the positive and negative battery terminals together, now the car has no power at all
Everyone does this at some point. Sounds like there may be an issue with your starter. When you grounded the battery out, those wires are also connected to your starter and could have arced it out. But first, check your...
I' trying to start my vehicle and it made a loud clacking noise and the battery is drained
Hello. If the vehicle produced a clicking clacking sound when the key was turned then it may be possible that the battery or starter are the issue. A faulty, or low battery will cause the starter to click if it...
Ignition fuse keeps blowing
You had a good start by tracing the wires and making sure they were clean, dry, and not damaged. To make sure you covered the entire circuit, I recommend you use an official wiring diagram to check this. It is...
2003 Dodge Dakota still won't start after replacing battery
The starting system is rather simple. The battery, the starter, and the ignition are the only major components. There are a few sensors related to the system that may need to be checked. The first thing you should do is...
After replacing the starter, itwon't engage and there is a whining sound.
This suggests that the starter may not be aligned properly. When the key is turned and the starter engages, the small gear on the end of the starter comes out slightly to engage the flywheel to turn the motor over....
Replaced starter now the fuel pump not working
Hello there, it is unlikely that both the starter and fuel pump would fail on your 2011 Hyundai Sonata at the same time. In cases like this, the car needs to be thoroughly inspected and the root cause located before...
Car will not start. Just clicks
Hey there. This may be related to the starter solenoid. This is a unit on the starter that directs power to the starter allowing it to engage the flywheel when you turn the key. When this is not working properly,...
Truck cranks, fuel pump turns on but wont stay on for more than a couple seconds. Poured starter fluid in carburetor and it turns on for a few
Hey there. This may be some kind of fuel supply issue. When you turn the key on, the fuel pump should come on for a brief second pressurizing the system. When you turn the key, it should then maintain this...
My car will not start when I turn the key, it just makes a clicking sound. What is wrong?
A starter like any other mechanical and electrical part is subject to failing sometimes for no apparent reason. However, sometimes this is misdiagnosed as well and often times mistaken for something much more simple like a fuse, relay, or starter...

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