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Useful Tips for Extending Lifespan of Starter Motor

The starter motor cranks the engine to run on its own. It starts by sending some electric current to the motor for further actions that the vehicle takes. We don’t realize when we turn on the car key, but this is all that happens behind the scenes.

Modern vehicles do have an electric starter, in which the entire electrical system is to be maintained, unlike those traditional systems. Proper maintenance and applying those valuable maintenance tips learned help in ensuring that the starter motor lasts for longer years.

How To Elongate The Life Of Starter Motor

Certain ways will help you in maintaining the starter motor for a more extended period. Here are some of the ways you can follow.

Tidying Up Terminals (Frequently)

One of the most critical steps to keep the starter motor in good shape is through proper cleaning. The battery terminals can get layers of corrosion with time and usage. The acids in the battery generate hydrogen, which further creates corrosive materials. After a while, when the entire terminals are covered with corrosion, it fails to pass current from battery to starter motor. Hence, to maintain the current, it is vital to clean the terminals from time to time.

How To Clean A Starter Motor
The acids in the battery generate hydrogen.

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Clean Connector Wires

Everyone asks how to clean a starter motor. Well, it starts with cleaning up the connector wires first that connects the starter motor and battery. Dirt can accumulate on these wires with time, and it then halts the electric current to pass from the battery to motor.

It is advised to clean these connector wires timely to let flow the full current that will help in running the vehicle smoothly, thereafter.

Screw Up the Mounting Bolts

What holds in place the starter motor are the mounting bolts. It keeps everything in place, ensuring that the starter motor doesn’t move from the ideal place. In case, the mounting bolts are loose, then the flywheel and starter’s driver will not be able to make any connection with each other. How can one identify whether the mounting bolts are loose or not? Well, if you hear that grinding noises on starting the engine, you must know the bolts are loose.

Incessant Scrutinisation of Flywheel

Flywheel cranks the engine and has a front side that we know as pinion gear. This gear connects with flywheel so that together it can crank the engine. The teeth of both- the gear and flywheel- must be in good shape to keep everything running smoothly. Replace it as soon as you see even one of it deteriorating. Don’t continue to use it in such a drastic condition, as that will damage the starter motor speedily.

Starter Motor
Flywheel has a front side that we know as pinion gear.

What Have We Learned?

That, if you want the starter motor to last for years, it is important to keep an eye on several components inside the car. A starter motor can either make or break how the entire vehicle works. So, following these tips will certainly help.