What's the use of a powerful engine if you can't ignite it because of a bad starter? Clicking sounds, faulty solenoid, and burnt starter are some of the common starter problems that can plague your car. And unfortunately, your Alfa Romeo Spider starter isn't an exception. Although it's been manufactured to be reliable and durable, your car starter can still get worn-out overtime. Here are troubleshooting tips to help you get by should you experience these issues:
Your starter may have motor problems if you hear clicking sounds or grinding noises every time you turn the key to ignite the engine. You can also have a gear stuck in the starter that causes these audible sounds. Since the engine doesn't turn over, you will be able to easily hear these clicking sounds with your every attempt to run the engine. If you hear repeated clicks, however, you may have to check your battery or alternator for any signs of wear because a faulty battery connection or a bad alternator can cause this problem. To fix this, you need to replace the battery or the alternator should they appear to be damaged after testing them. Otherwise, you can replace your starter, which may have already been shorted in the first place.
Sometimes, you just need to shake the key while turning it to the on position when it's still inside the starter to fix the problem that involves a faulty solenoid. What happens here is that the lights and windshield wipers work but your engine doesn't make any sound. If this is the case, the solenoid, which is located above the starter motor's housing, is already malfunctioning.
If you sense burnt smell or see smoke fuming from the starter motor, you had better start looking for a replacement part as your car starter is already worn. Electrical problems with the wiring can be the cause of this problem. To stop your starter from creating the burnt smell and white smoke, it's advised that you replace your shorted starter with a new one. Just make sure that the replacement part matches your car.