What Is a Starter Motor?

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Starting your vehicle is a simple process that you do every time you get inside your vehicle and hit the St Cloud roads. The process itself seems pretty straightforward, but there’s actually a lot going on inside your vehicle every time this happens. The starter motor is resonsible for turning your engine over during the ignition process, which starts the engine. What is a motor starter’s importance to your vehicle overall? Learn more about the importance of this crucial component with the service team at Morrie's Buffalo Ford.

Key Parts of the Starter Motor

What is a starter motor exactly? You know that the starter motor is in charge of starting up your engine before you take to the streets of Rockford, but there’s a lot more to it than just that. Your vehicle’s starter motor is a small component that’s powered by a battery. The starter relay is what’s responsible for transferring power from the battery to the starter motor.

There are several key parts that help the starter motor function, including:

  • Armature
  • Commutator
  • Brushes
  • Solenoid
  • Plunger
  • Lever Fork
  • Pinion
  • Field Coils

For any parts or components that you need for your vehicle’s starter motor or anything else, visit our parts store at Morrie's Buffalo Ford.

When to Replace the Starter Motor

Now that you know what a motor starter is and how it works, you’ll need to keep an eye out for potential signs that could indicate you need to have the component replaced. If you notice any of these signs while driving around Monticello, then you’ll want to schedule a visit with our service team immediately:

  • Clicking Noises: You’ll sometimes hear clicking, grinding, or whirring noises when you start your engine.
  • Dash Lights Are on When the Engine Is Off: If your dash lights come on even though the engine won’t turn over, then you may have a bad starter.
  • Engine Doesn’t Crank: If you jump-start your vehicle, and the engine doesn’t start up, then your battery isn’t the issue. It’s more than likely that the starter motor isn’t working.
  • Smoke From the Hood: If you notice smoke coming from the hood of your vehicle while trying to start the engine, then this could be due to a blown fuse or shorted circuit. Don’t attempt to start the engine again if you see this, and visit a service center immediately.
  • Starter Is Soaked in Oil: If your starter is covered in oil, then you’ll need to check what’s causing the oil to leak as this can lead to mechanical problems.

Other things that can contribute to a malfunctioning starter motor include loose wiring, corrosion, other kinds of damaged parts, or even a worn-out fuse. Let our experts take a look if you notice any of these sides or anything else indicating that your starter motor is malfunctioning. For more helpful service and parts tips or anything else you need, reach out to anyone here at Morrie's Buffalo Ford.

Starter Motor Replacement Cost

How much does it cost to have your starter motor replaced? The specific cost will vary depending on the year, make, model, and configuration of your vehicle. Most new starter motors can cost anywhere between $50 to $350, but with labor costs, these prices can range anywhere from $150 to $1,100. With labor and parts included, the average starter motor replacement cost ranges anywhere from $200 to $1,400. To get an exact quote on what it would cost to replace your starter motor, contact our service center at Morrie's Buffalo Ford.

Be sure to take advantage of our service specials at Morrie's Buffalo Ford to save on routine maintenance and possibly major repairs.

Service Your Starter Motor in Buffalo

Whether you need to have your starter motor replaced or diagnosed, contact us at Morrie's Buffalo Ford. We’ll get your vehicle serviced and back on the Delano roads in no time at all. For anything else you need to keep up with your recommended Ford maintenance schedule, rely on the expertise of our service center at Morrie's Buffalo Ford.


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