A fairly simple mechanism, a starter solenoid transmits electricity to the starter from the battery. It engages the electrical motor and thus, gets your engine working. If not maintained on a regular basis, your car can wear out faster than you predicted. Modern vehicles have such electrical systems that need to be regularly and thoroughly checked.
With the following tips in your arsenal, you can ensure that your starter motor lives a long and functional life.
- Tighten the mounting bolts
Mounting bolts hold the starter motor in place. The flywheel and starter drive will not be able to engage with each other if these mounting bolts become loose. Listen closely to the sound that your engine makes when you start it. A grinding sound indicates that the mounting bolts need tightening. Conduct checks regularly to ensure that the mounting bolts of your starter motor are tight and fitted.
- Inspect the terminal
A rotating device, the flywheel helps the starter crank the engine. A pinion gear is located at the front side of the starter motor. It is responsible for engaging with the flywheel to initiate the engine. The teeth of the flywheel and the gear should be in impeccable condition. If they are worn, cracked, or missing, then chances of motor malfunction are highly likely. Hence, you may even have to replace the pinion gear or the flywheel.
But, if you take no action and force them to engage in their current condition, your motor will wear out in a short span of time.
Besides these two steps, you also have to ensure that your starter solenoid is clean. It is a key component and its performance will determine whether you have a smooth or a rocky ride. Treat your car like you would treat any prized possession. It certainly deserves it.