Signs of Bad Starter Systems

July 25th, 2018 by

2018 Honda HR-V Engine

If your car is struggling to start, you might assume that a dying battery could be the culprit. But, you may be noticing the signs of bad starter systems. What are the most common symptoms of a bad starter? Let’s take a look.

Signs of a Bad Starter

Just like the engine light pops on during engine trouble, certain warning signs tend to pop up when your starter is failing. Keep your eyes open for clues like:

  • Noises: If you notice an odd grinding sound when you crank the engine, your starter drive gear may be worn out.
  • Smoke: What if you see smoke or notice a burning smell? It’s time for a tow.
  • Freewheeling: When cranking the engine only results in a whine from the engine, that’s called “freewheeling,” and it might be a sign that your starter is kaput.

Learn More with Tamaroff Honda

Now that you’ve learned the signs of a failing starter, why not expand your auto knowledge even more? Find out how to tell if you need a brake check with Tamaroff Honda in Southfield, near West Bloomfield and Farmington Hills.