So, a car starter motor is an electric motor, that turns over or “cranks” the engine to start it.

But, to turn over the engine, the starter also requires, a very high electric current.

So, if the battery is low, the lights in a car might come on. But, it won’t be enough power, to turn over the car starter motor.

Consequently, starting system problems are common. But, a faulty car starter motor may, not be the cause of all of them.

How your starter works

Your starter is really an electric motor. It engages, when you turn the ignition to “run” and turns the engine over allowing it to suck in air.

  • Attached to the back of the crankshaft, is a flex-plate or flywheel, with a ring gear around the edge.
  • On the car starter motor, there’s a starter gear designed to fit, into the grooves of the ring gear.
  • When you turn the ignition switch, the starter motor is energized, and the electromagnet inside the body engages.
  • This magnet pushes out the starter drive gear.
  • The gear meets the flywheel, and the starter turns.
  • This spins the engine over, sucking in air (as well as fuel).
  • At the same time, electricity is sent through the spark plug, igniting the fuel in the combustion chamber.

Choose Your Car Starter Motor Help Topic Below

Diagnosing Starter Problems – What To Check, Testing And Replacement

Starter Motor Going Bad – It May Display A Few Warning Signs

Starter – Diagnosing Starter Problems – Knowing The Signs

Engine Not Starting – Narrow Down The Two Types Of Engine Not Starting

Automotive Car Starter Motor – Diagnosing Starter Motor Problems

Starter Problems – What Do You Hear When You Try To Start Your Car

Flex-plate – What Does It Do ? – What Happens When It Fails

Hydro-locked Engine – What Is It – What Damage Can It Do

Why Is Your Engine Not Cranking Over – Engine Will Not Crank Or Start

Push Button Start – Keyless Entry System – Engine Does Not Crank

Car Starter Motor – What Can Go Wrong, And Why – What Are The Warning Signs


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