Your Chevy starter is one of those parts that you'll probably need to replace once, perhaps even twice, over the lifetime of your vehicle. While, naturally, your Chevy starter is a well-made part, the inner working parts, such as the brushes and the gear teeth, simply wear with time and use, their surfaces eroding until they are no longer able to make the contact they need to perform their task. The symptoms of a Chevy starter that is moving towards failure can be very subtle, easily missed by the less mechanically experienced driver. After all, while difficulty in starting can indicate a bad starter, it is also associated with a variety of other mechanical problems, including a weak battery. Another sign of a struggling starter is headlights that are fine while the engine is off, but become noticeably dimmer when you start the vehicle. When your Chevy starter does fail, you will be stranded, but if the failure is due to the brushes, as opposed to the other common reason for starter failure, worn or broken gear teeth, you may be able to get it started just one more time with a firm tap on the part of the starter that houses the brushes. Use the back of a screwdriver or similar solid implement to strike your Chevy starter, letting the quick, firm blow come from your wrist and if it works, use that last start wisely and be careful not to let the vehicle stall. Our online catalog features an excellent Chevy starter selection, all reasonably priced and readily available, able to be ordered easily via our secure site or by dialing our toll-free telephone number.