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Why Can’t You Start a Car Without a Starter?

Your car will not start without a starter because the engine will not suck in air and fuel and electricity will not make its way through the spark plug wires to the spark plugs. Advantage Auto Service advises that the spark plugs must ignite air and fuel in the combustion chamber in order for your engine to start. As you have probably already guessed, the starter facilitates the above. It turns the engine over so it can suck in the air and fuel and send electricity through the spark plug wires.

Whirring or Clicking Sounds

One sign that your car’s starter is going bad is whirring or clicking sounds when you try to fire up your automobile. The starter can make these sounds if it is not functioning properly. It can also continue to make the sounds after your engine has started if it does not disengage the way it needs to. Bring your vehicle to our shop right away if the starter is making strange noises.

Inability to Start the Vehicle

Allowing us to replace the faulty starter as soon as possible helps to prevent you from getting stranded with a dead engine. The noises discussed above are a precursor to a dead starter. As we explained in the introduction, your engine is not going to start if the starter has died. This is because it does not have air or fuel drawn into the combustion chamber or functioning spark plugs.

Working Automobile Lights

It’s automatic to think that the reason why your engine won’t start is that the battery has died. You can tell whether the problem is the battery or the starter by checking all of your vehicle’s lights. If the lights are working, the battery is providing electricity to them, so it is not dead. Rather, the reason why you are stranded with an inability to start the vehicle is that the starter motor has died.

Smoke and Burning Smells

We know that it is tempting to continue to try and start your automobile, but we are going to discourage you from doing this. The reason why is that you will overheat the starter motor and cause smoke and burning odors to come from the engine. Unfortunately, if the starter is dead, this is the only thing you will accomplish when you try to fire up your automobile.

Advantage Auto Service in Marietta, GA, is here to help, so give us a call today so we can test your starter and replace it if necessary.

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