Q: Hi Dave, When turning the key to start the car, the starter sounds like it is spinning, but it makes a whining sound like it is n

asked by on

When starting the car, the starter makes a whining sound like it is spinning, but it is not catching on the gears to turn the motor. Would that be the starter or something else?

My car has 210000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

I would first recommend to have the battery jump started first to see if problem is due to the battery being low on charge or cranking power. If jumping does not help then you most likely have a defective starter.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Hi Dave, When turning the key to start the car, the starter sounds like it is spinning, but it makes a whining sound like it is n

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Popping sound when braking and turning.

It's difficult to say for sure without hearing the noise firsthand, but it sounds like you may have a bad CV axle. The CV axle transmits power from the transmission to the wheels, while following the up and down motions...

Q: engine wont restart when hot, no spark P0340 has 12v on both connectors, freq from 5-11hz when cranking

Since the crank position sensor gets its timing signal off the damper, I would first replace the damper to be sure timing was correct. The fact that this failure occurs after a "heat soak" cycle, and the P0340 code is...

Q: Car shut off while driving and will not run once started. What could this be?

If the issue you are describing relates to the vehicle's ability to remain idling once the engine is started, you may have a dirty or faulty idle air control valve. The idle air control valve reads the air intake as...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...