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Alfa Romeo Spider Starter

Common Problems Your Alfa Romeo Spider Starter Will Likely Experience

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:

Clicking sounds

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.

Faulty solenoid

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.

Burnt smell or smoke

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.

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  • What to Keep in Mind When Cleaning Your Alfa Romeo Spider Starter 04 March 2014

    If you get your starter tested and the results show that it isn't bad, you may just need to clean it instead of having it replaced, as what most people would do. To keep your Alfa Romeo Spider starter in top condition, here are some maintenance tips that you can easily follow:

    • Start with the outer case
    • Before dismantling your starter, it's advised that you clean its outer case first to prevent any debris or contaminants to enter the interior components. You can lather the outer case with lubricant cleaner using a light brush or an abrasive pad. Gently apply the cleaner on the surface, making sure that you thoroughly remove any kind of contaminants. Keep in mind that by allowing debris to enter the starter components, you're increasing the risk of the starter to get rusted or dirty inside.
    • Clean the bolts
    • Use a wrench or socket and ratchet to remove the bolts that secure the starter motor together. These bolts, which are found on the outer end of the starter, are two long bolts that also need to be cleaned with lubricant cleaner. You can either use a cloth or a brush to apply the cleaner on the bolts. Just make sure that they are not rusted. In this way, you will not have difficulties in removing them the next time you need to clean your starter. Once they are cleaned, don't forget to keep them in a safe place while you work on the other starter components.
    • Work on one cylinder at a time
    • You should know that your starter can be disassembled into three sections. Separating them will be fairly easy if your bolts are not rusted. However, there are times that you need to use a hammer to fully separate the sections. If you're successful, you can start cleaning each component with the same lubricant cleaner. Keep in mind that you need to handle these components very carefully, so just make gentle cleaning movements. You can use a cloth to wipe the parts clean, but you can also use an abrasive pad or brush to remove the dirt or grime that have already hardened or stuck on the surface.