Rebuilt Starters That Make a Whining Noise

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Rebuilt Starters That Make a Whining Noise
A faulty car starter can keep you from going anywhere in your car. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Starter problems can cause a significant amount of inconvenience for vehicle owners. Without a properly functioning starter, your car or truck will not start. Rebuilt starters are commonly placed in cars and trucks as an alternative to a brand-new starter. However since rebuilt starters are not brand-new, they may experience problems more quickly than a brand-new starter will. Knowing the causes of starter whining can give you a head-start in anticipating necessary starter repairs.

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What is a Starter?

Inside your car's starter is a high-current electric motor that generates power using electricity from the battery.Your car's starter uses that electricity to generate enough power to turn a flywheel and in turn start the engine when you turn the key.

Starter Whining

If your car starter is whining, it is a sign that there is a problem with the starter itself. According to "Turbo Magazine," whining in a starter is usually caused by a problem with the starter's interior drive gears or with a worn-out flywheel that does not turn properly.

Is Whining a Problem?

A whining starter should not be ignored because there's a good chance that the problem causing the whining will continue to develop until the starter is unable to function. Because your starter has been newly rebuilt, you should have your mechanic check the engine flywheel first to determine if that is the source of the whining. However, if there is nothing wrong with the flywheel, your starter may need to be replaced or rebuilt again.

Rebuilt Starters

If you have recently replaced your starter, you should not have problems with the starter and you should not hear any unusual noises coming from it. However, because most starters on the market have actually been rebuilt and are not new items, you may occasionally encounter a starter that was not rebuilt properly. If this is the case, take your whining starter to a mechanic and have it checked out as soon as possible.

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