Starter Motors Service & Repairs 03-93599499

Campbellfield, Craigieburn,Roxburgh Park,Fawkner,Reservoir, Preston,Thornbury, Brunswick,Airport West,

At  F.Donnini Mechanical Repairs we offers a range of replacement  Starter Motor  for your vehicle from some of the world’s best names, backed with the best in diagnostics and years of experience, we can offer you the right advice and product you can trust – whether it’s a reconditioned  Starter Motor, an Starter Motor  repair or a brand new Starter Motor .

All our car repairs on Starter Motor come with a minimum 12 month/10000km warranty.

What your starter does

Your starter is what gets your car going: it “spins over” your engine.

TAKE NOTE: if your engine “turns over”, in other words makes the r—rrrr—rrrr sort of noise it normally makes when you turn the key all the way to “start”, YOU DO NOT HAVE A STARTER PROBLEM.
Some folks have towed a car to me and said they may have a bad starter because their car won’t start. I get in the car, turn the key, and the engine proceeds to turn over just fine: it just doesn’t start up and run.
The ONLY thing the starter does is turn the engine over.

In cars with manual transmissions you can turn the ignition switch on, roll down a hill, release the clutch in gear, and the engine will start just fine, even if the starter was removed from the car! (Top fuel drag racers don’t have starters on their cars: they use an external starter that is held against the supercharger pulley then removed when the engine starts.)


NOTE: BAD STARTER SYMPTOMS ARE VERY CLOSE TO BAD BATTERY SYMPTOMS AND BAD ALTERNATOR SYMPTOMS You MUST have a fully charged battery for your starter to operate properly. The  ALTERNATOR  keeps your battery charged.

Symptoms of a bad starter:

Starter problems fall in several categories:

(1) Your motor turns over very slowly. Dash lights get really dim while cranking engine, battery terminals get hot, along with the entire battery cable

If your lights are bright with the engine off, but they get really dim when you turn the engine over with the starter, and the engine turns over very slowly, you may have a starter problem. If freshly cleaned battery terminals get hot along with the entire battery cable (positive and negative) you probably have a bad starter.

A starter doing this has worn out brushes, bushings, or shorted windings or commutator. It need a complete rebuild or replacement.

You turn the key and nothing happens

2) You turn the key to start, and either nothing happens, or there is a very quiet single click . Sometimes if you keep trying it will start.

This starter is probably worn out also. There could be a wiring problem, anything from the key switch to any number of safety interlocks and antitheft devices, but most of the time it’s the starter. On starters with the solenoid on top (GM, most others) the solenoid grounds through the starter brushes, so when the brushes make bad contact you get the “silent treatment” when you turn the key. The small wire going to the starter solenoid shouild get 12 volts or so when the key is turned to “start”. If 12 volts is there and there is no action, then the starter is probably bad.


Often you can tap on the rear of a starter that does NOTHING: (that is, you turn the key and get only silence: no rr-rrr-rr sound) and make it start one more time. Use a regular hammer, and tap lightly on the side of the starter towards the rear.while an assistant holds the key in the “start” position. Very often the starter will spin the engine over one more time.
What happens is the brushes wear out in the starter, making a bad electric contact. Tapping on the back of the starter with a hammer jars the brushes back in place, where they’ll make contact one more time. DON’T BE SORRY! USE THE FREE START TO GO GET IT FIXED!

After you do this the car may actually start a few more times, but IT WILL FAIL AGAIN! FIX IT!

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