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How to Diagnose a Starter Malfunction

When a vehicle will not start, most people blame the battery. However, sometimes the problem lies in the starter. There are a number of signs to look for to rule out the ignition. If the ignition drive gear is worn, you hear a grinding noise when you turn the key. If allowed to continue, the costly flywheel suffers damage. Hearing a whining noise when turning the key may indicate there is a problem between the starter gear and the flywheel. The problem needs attention quickly, or another costly repair occurs.

Smoke and a burning smell indicate an electrical system problem…

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