Starter issues don’t necessarily indicate a bad starter; sometimes a transmission related issue is at fault. If you are experiencing starter difficulties, Autoworks in Ithaca has the information you need.
The starter is the electric motor that turns your engine over when you first crank the engine, to get the car started. Sometimes, starters themselves fail, and other times, issues with the flywheel or flex plate are to blame.
If the flex plate (on automatics) or the flywheel (on manual transmissions) is damaged, starter issues are likely to arise. The flex plate/flywheel is essentially a huge gear, which the starter turns to get the engine running. If the teeth on these gears become worn down or break off altogether, a variety of symptoms will arise.
If the starter grinds and fails to engage, grinds before engaging, or needs a few tries to engage, a worn flex plate/flywheel is likely to blame. If the starter spins but doesn’t turn the engine over, or clunks into place and gets stuck, missing teeth on the outer rim of the flex plate/flywheel are a likely culprit.
If you’re experiencing starter issues, have your vehicle inspected before replacing parts unnecessarily. Our technicians can diagnose the issue and perform the appropriate repairs.
For all of your transmission repair and maintenance needs, our professional technicians have you covered. For the best transmission service shop in Ithaca, call or stop by Autoworks today.
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