How do you troubleshoot starter problems?
Assuming you’ve already tried to start and jumpstart your car, try one of the following troubleshooting tips.
- 1. Look under the bonnet. Check the battery and battery cables to see whether everything’s in working order. A weak or dead battery, or even faulty battery cables, could be causing the problems with your car, not the starter.
- 2. Tap the starter. Try lightly tapping the starter a few times with a hard object, making sure not to pound it. In some cases, this gentle tapping can help power it back up, since you’ll be vibrating the electrical components back in contact with each other. Know how you can sometimes bang on the side of an old TV to bring the picture back into focus? It’s something like that. But like your wonky television, your car may only react to this fix temporarily—just long enough to get to your Highway Auto Electrics Rockhampton shop.
- 3. Adjust the transmission.
Let’s say your car’s automatic transmission is in the “park” setting but the car won’t start. If that’s the case, try starting the car in “neutral.” If it starts in “neutral,” there may be a technical glitch that’s preventing the car from starting in “park,” like a faulty neutral safety switch.
- 4. Check the fuel gauge. We know it seems silly but…is your fuel tank empty? That’s a sure reason why your car isn’t starting!
The quick fix for a faulty starter is jumpstarting your car so you can get it on the road, at least temporarily, and get the problem checked out by a qualified technician. If a jumpstart doesn’t do the trick, you’ll most likely need to get the car towed and have the starter repaired or replaced. We can help with that.
When you suspect a starter problem, start with Highway Auto Electrics Rockhampton. We’ll provide you with a free inspection no strings attached. If your starter is faulty, our experienced technicians can get your car fixed right, at the right price, right on time.
- Oil leaks.
Alternators are designed to work at a specific voltage, typically between 13-14.5 volts. If your alternator is failing, its voltage may drop below capacity, causing the battery warning light to appear on your dash. Similarly, the battery light will also appear if the alternator is exceeding its voltage limit, depending on how much stress it is under.
Depending on the electrical load from your car’s accessories (headlights, wipers, radio, etc.), you may see the battery warning light flicker on and off as the alternator fluctuates in and out of its intended voltage capacity. While this may seem like a minor annoyance, it’s better to bring your car in for an alternator inspection rather than wind up stuck on the side of the road. At Highway Auto Electrics Rockhampton we offer a free alternator system check-up.
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We will test your alternator, battery and starter motor free of charge.
Alternator Service with a Smile
If your car’s electrical system is giving you problems, it may be time to check the alternator. Highway Auto Electrics provides quality service that aims to keep your battery and electrical system working like it should! Schedule an appointment or head to your nearest Highway Auto Rockhampton today for affordable, quality alternator services.
Keep Your Car Charged Up
Difficulties when starting your vehicle or charging your battery could be due to a faulty alternator! For professional diagnostics and transparent service recommendations, schedule an electrical system inspection or an alternator service at Highway Auto Electrics Rockhampton.
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