Car Starter Problems

Your car engine intermittenly does not start. Sometimes when you turn the key of your car you never know what you're going to get. The starter turns but sometimes the engine does not start at all.

Let's say that you're lucky enough to be parked say on a hill and your in first gear or reverse, once you get it rolling and pop the clutch it usually starts without much trouble. So, what could be possibly wrong and not allowing your car to start?

Your seem to have plenty of power from the battery, (i.e. lights, etc. all work) but you're having trouble in starting your car. Okay, we've established the fact that your car will start once you've popped the clutch while in first gear and rolling. So, what could be the problem?

Possible serious problems:

* The car battery does not have enough electric current to fully engage and spin starter motor fast enough.
* The starter motor itself is weak, and does not engage and turn engine.
* The flywheel has a bad spot on it, so when you turn the key you hear the starter motor turning, and you hear a grinding noise because the starter is trying to grab a piece of the flywheel that is missing.
* There is a starter relay that is bad or some other electrical problem that is not allowing electricity from the battery to flow to the starter motor.* You possibly have a bad connection at the battery and battery cables. Check this yourself and make sure the cables are clean and tight! You shouldn't be able to move or even wiggle the battery cables on the battery with your hands.

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Make certain you do NOT have a ring on your finger (or even a watch on your wrist) when working around a battery because you may wind-up with a few nasty scars on my fingers to prove that batteries can hurt!

One of the best things you can DO is have the battery "LOAD" tested, and a starter "DRAW" test done by your mechanic with the items on the vehicle. Side point: You shouldn't take them off the vehicle to test them.

Complete a quick "Shade Tree Mechanic" test to diagnose a bad starter: when the engine is in "no start" mode. Turn on your headlights (make sure they are good and bright... or you have a bad battery), then turn the ignition key trying to start the engine. If the headlights go DIM (but stay lit) then you've probably got a bad starter motor. But if you turn the ignition key and the headlights go OUT, you've probably got a bad battery and/or loose or dirty battery cables.

It's a good idea to ALWAYS check the battery cables first. Why? Because 9 out of 10 times it's a loose or dirty battery cable. And, MOST times they're over looked Remember that loose or dirty battery cables are a prime cause for a "no start" or intermittent starting problems like the one you're expeiencing with your motor car. You can find other helpful advice and information regarding are your car brakes okay.