Why Perform a Starter Inspection Every 5,000 Miles?

To make an engine start it must be turned at some speed, so that it sucks fuel and air into the cylinders, and compresses it. The powerful electric starter motor does the turning. The starter needs a heavy electric current, which it draws through thick wires from the battery. No ordinary hand-operated switch could switch it on: it needs a large switch to handle the high current. The switch has to be turned on and off very quickly to avoid dangerous, damaging sparking. So a solenoid is used – an arrangement where a small switch turns on an electromagnet to complete the circuit.

All the components are earthed to the metal car body. Only one wire is needed to carry current to each component. The starter switch is usually worked by the ignition key. Turn the key beyond the ‘ignition on’ position to feed current to the solenoid. The ignition switch has a return spring, so that as soon as you release the key it springs back and turns the starter switch off. When the switch feeds current to the solenoid, the electromagnet attracts an iron rod. The movement of the rod closes two heavy contacts, completing the circuit from the battery to the starter. The rod also has a return spring – when the ignition switch stops feeding current to the solenoid, the contacts open and the starter motor stops.

Schedule an appointment with an Otobots mechanic today for a starter diagnosis!

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Why a starter is crucial for your car?

Our certified auto repair mechanics will consider the make, model, condition, and mileage of your car before recommending a starter repair or replacement. We offer starter packages that are recommended based on your car’s individual needs. All starter-related services include a complimentary inspection and visual brake check..

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Still not sure if your vehicle’s starter needs servicing? Read our FAQ’s:

The starter would hang up mainly when it sat overnight; I’d hate to replacea a stater and that not be the issue?

We recommend contacting us ASAP so your vehicle’s starter system can be inspected. This will allow your engine to perform at its highest, and avoid any incorrect starter diagnosis in the future.

My remote car starter works but the key won’t go in ignition or in the door?

It’s hard to diagnose this type of issue without seeing the vehicle first-hand. Please schedule an appointment with our certified technician as soon as possible

About how long will it take to change my starter? Do I need to buy the part?

If an Otobots mechanic determines during his/her starter diagnosis that you need a replacement, it (in most cases) takes less than two hours to change your starter, and your technician will bring with him/her the required parts to complete the job. If it takes longer the technician will inform you.

Do you offer any coupons or group a starter replacement with other services?

Please see our coupons page to see if we’re running an starter promotion. We can group multiple services such as air filter change, brake pad replacement etc. with the starter.

I’m leasing my vehicle. Why should I worry about servicing my GMC?

There are two reasons why you should maintain your vehicle. Regularly maintaining your car is the best way to protect your investment. Proper maintenance will also reward you with more economical, trouble-free driving and help reduce air pollution. Also, vehicle condition is evaluated at the end of the lease period and you will be charged for abnormal conditions that reduce the value of the vehicle. This includes mechanical condition.

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