Many car owners believe they need a new starter motor when they have problems cranking their engine. It’s best to have your starter “bench-tested” at your local auto parts store before purchasing a new one. If – at a normal rpm under load – your starter cranks, your problem could be with the other parts…
Car Starter: The Hidden Expense
As part of the process of getting your car running, you need to make sure that every thing is good to go. The car starter is a good example. A bad part can not only put a wrinkle in your day, but in your wallet as well.
An auto starter may not be on your list of things to worry about for your day to day lives, but it will be near the very top if it goes bad. Car starters are one of the worst things to break on a vehicle because of the overall expense they can carry, and the time needed to replace them. Traditionally the most common way for a vehicle to not start properly is because of a dead battery; however that can be fixed with a replacement or even a simple jump. Car starters are much more difficult to fix because they are expensive to replace and require several hours of work. Most of the time this must be done by a professional mechanic and unfortunately that will make things even more expensive.
The only good news about a faulty starter for a car is that most of the time it is an isolated problem. When you are dealing with car trouble there can be several things that can throw you off schedule and hit your wallet hard. A great example of this is still with simply trying to turn your vehicle on. If you are unable to get it to kick over it could be any number of things; dead battery caused by the lights, radio, or something else being on for several hours, the alternator no longer working properly, or any other number of mechanical problems. Even if the problem is only one thing, many times if your vehicle will not start there can be more issues found that need attention than simply just replacing a battery. That’s why in some cases if it is just the starter that is acting up, it may not be such a bad thing, it could have been a lot worse.
A car starter can really throw your day off, especially if it goes bad in the morning or as you are running errands. This unfortunately is one of the random problems that occur that we do not have any warning signs of, and can not easily fix. If you do have a faulty or broken starter then the best solution is to get it professionally replaced and get back on the road.