All completed starter repairs are tested and ready to go straight back into your vehicle. All makes of starters can be repaired.
Repairs are completed professionally to a high standard, with 98% of repairs completed same day.
Does My Starter Need Repaired?
There are a few symptoms that may help to determine if your starter motor needs repaired.1) When attempting to start the vehicle the starter motor can sound like a flat battery, the engine turns over slowly or not at all, sometimes you can see the battery terminals and leads smoke or get hot due to the high currents been drawn by the faulty starter.2) When attempting to start the vehicle you may hear a clicking sound from the starter motor.3) When attempting to start the vehicle you may hear a “whizzing” sound from the starter motor.
If experiencing symptoms detailed in suggestion 1) there is a few checks to be made before removing the unit as it may not be a unit fault.
- Ensure the battery is good. Easiest test for this is to use a volt meter on the battery, it should read, around 12.6 volts. If it is as low as 12.2 volts then charge the battery.
- If the voltage reading is okay you need to complete a load test. Not many places currently have a manual load testing machine but is vital to rule out a battery issue. When load is added to the circuit such as cranking the engine the battery may not be able to hold this causing symptoms that the unit is faulty. (We offer free battery checks if you are able to bring the vehicle or battery to us. To get an accurate reading the battery would need to be charged fully before testing.)
- Check battery cables are clean and tight and in good condition. Bad connections can cause excess heat to generate which may lead to intermittent faults and potentially damage or destroy the unit.
If you have eliminated everything else chances are that the starter is faulty.
If you are local you can call into our shop and one of our colleagues will gladly assist in testing your battery with a load tester and digital reader.
Each starter motor consists of many components such as:
- Brush Sets
- Brush Gears
- Field Coils
- Link Cables
- Plunger & Contacts
- Clutch Gears
- Drive Pinions
- Solenoid Cap & Contacts
A starter is a device used to rotate / crank an internal-combustion engine so as to initiate the engine’s operation under its own power. Starters can be electric, pneumatic, or hydraulic. In the case of very large engines, the starter can even be another internal-combustion engine.
Internal-combustion engines are feedback systems, which, once started, rely on the inertia from each cycle to initiate the next cycle. In a four-stroke engine, the third stroke releases energy from the fuel, powering the fourth (exhaust) stroke and also the first two (intake, compression) strokes of the next cycle, as well as powering the engine’s external load. To start the first cycle at the beginning of any particular session, the first two strokes must be powered in some other way than from the engine itself. The starter motor is used for this purpose and is not required once the engine starts running and its feedback loop becomes self-sustaining.