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How Long Will the Starter Last in My Automobile?

On average, a starter will last 100,000 to 150,000 miles, but some have died as early as 30,000 miles, so it’s hard to give an exact figure as to how long the starter will last in your car, truck, or utility vehicle. This being said, Automobile Diagnostics is going to list the signs that your starter is going out below. This lets you know what to look for so you can bring your automobile to our shop at the first indication of trouble. If the starter needs to be replaced, we can do that, so don’t worry.

Strange Noises

If you hear strange noises when you try to start your automobile, this could be a sign that the starter motor is dying. Specifically, you might hear squealing sounds or clicking noises. You shouldn’t hear anything when you turn the key in the ignition. If you do hear strange sounds, let us know so we can inspect the starter to see if it is going bad.

Dead Engine…

If the starter has gone bad, you will end up with a dead engine. In laypersons terms, the starter is a tiny motor within your engine that helps it start. As with a charged battery, your engine cannot start if the starter motor doesn’t start. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to start your automobile until you get the dead starter replaced.

…With Lights

One way to figure out whether the dead engine is being caused by the starter or the battery is to turn on your headlights to see if they are working. If you have headlights, taillights, and interior lights, the reason why your automobile is not starting is the starter. If it were an electrical problem, such as the alternator or battery, you wouldn’t have any vehicle lights.

Engine Smoke

If you can’t get your engine started, don’t keep trying. If you do, you will end up with smoke pouring out from your engine. Continuing to try to force your automobile to start will only overheat the starter motor. Consequently, you will smell burning odors and see smoke coming out from underneath the hood.

Leaking Oil

Finally, leaking motor oil can actually cause your starter to die prematurely. The starter is located under the cylinder block on the left side of your engine. If the cylinder block starts to leak oil, it will saturate the starter and kill it.

Automobile Diagnostics in Columbus, IN, can help. Call us today to schedule an appointment for your automobile if you suspect that the starter is going bad.

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