Signs That Your Ignition Needs Repair

While it's easy to assume that a car won't start because of a dead battery, there are plenty of things that can go wrong with a vehicle's ignition. Here are just a few warning signs that your car's ignition requires service.

A Grinding Noise

A grinding noise when you start your car indicates that the starter drive gear is worn out or misaligned. This can lead to problems with the engine flywheel if it isn't fixed quickly.


Freewheeling is when the starter gear isn't engaging with the flywheel, which is a serious problem that usually requires the starter to be replaced. Listen for a high-pitched whining sound when you try to start your car to know if you have this problem.

Seeing Smoke

Seeing smoke come from any part of your vehicle is a serious problem, so get your car to a shop if your starter circuit is producing any smoke when you try to start your car.

Oil Leaks

Your ignition can be soaked with oil if you have an oil leak. This greatly lowers the lifespan of your starter. Have the leak repaired and the starter replaced before this becomes a problem.

For any other questions or concerns about your car's ignition, contact your local car parts and repair facility today.

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