Many vehicle owners assume that a dead battery is the only culprit whenever their Subaru refuses to start. While this may the case in many instances, another possible reason why you may struggle to get your vehicle’s engine running is a failing starter. The starter is a vital component that cranks your engine when you turn the key.
Signs your Subaru needs a new starter
When the starter in your Subaru fails, you can’t go anywhere. However, there are signs your vehicle gives you before your starter stops working. Here are the top symptoms:
Engine won’t turn over
The most obvious sign that your car’s starter is getting bad is when you push the start button or turn the key and the engine refuses to crank or cranks slowly. You may even hear the clicking sound when you turn the key yet get no response. It may start eventually, but it clearly struggles to get going.
When you turn the key or push the start button and hear unusual noises, the starter may be to blame. Failing starters typically announce themselves with a grinding or whirring noise.
Sporadic starting issues
If you have to crank your Subaru more than once before the engine ignites, the problem may be with the starter system.
Starter problems are bound to happen at some point but they don’t have to ruin your day – if you notice any symptoms of the failing starter, there is usually time to make an appointment at your local auto repair shop to get the starting system tested, and if the starter is failing, to get it replaced, before it leaves you stranded away from home.
At Toole’s Garage in San Carlos we offer full range of electrical and starting system diagnostics and repairs. Our highly skilled technicians will find the root cause of any starting problems, and can get the starter replaced, usually the same day. If your Subaru exhibits any symptoms that cause you concern, calls us at the shop.