Symptoms of a bad starter motor in a car include a vehicle not starting, not turning over, making loud clicks or a loud spinning and grinding noise. Avoid damaging the starter motor and fly wheel of a car with help from a certified master mechanic in this free video on car maintenance and auto repair.
Hello. My name is Mark Blocker. In this segment we're going to cover symptoms of a bad starter motor. If you're experiencing symptoms of a bad starter motor, your vehicle not starting, not turning over, loud clicks, things of that nature, the first thing you need to do is make sure your battery terminals and connections are clean and right. So many starter related non starting problems are caused by battery connections. It's always a good idea before you start trying to diagnose a bad starter, make sure your battery terminals are clean and tight. Just simply remove them, clean them, re-tighten them. Make sure that that's not a problem. And a lot of times that will stop or cure the problems that you're having. Some of the symptoms you may experience with a bad starter motor is you'll get a click sound. No cranking sound. Each time you engage the starter you'll hear a loud clicking sound. This could be the sign of a bad bendix drive or starter solenoid in a starter motor. Some of the other symptoms you might get is a loud spinning or grinding noise. If you hear that type of noise, you don't want to continually try and do that. What's happening is the bendix gear or the gear drive isn't engaging into the fly wheel correctly. And each time you do that it's causing damage on both the starter motor and the fly wheel. And the fly wheel is a labor intensive job to replace it. The engine or transmission has to be removed in order for it to be replaced. So you don't want to damage that. If you're hearing that kind of sound you want to get it to a professional that can diagnose and repair it before you cause any damage. So those are just some of the symptoms of a bad starter motor.