Needless to say, a car's engine is one of the most important parts of the vehicle. In this respect, your Honda CRV starter is a fundamental component to the automobile as a whole. It is the one that starts engine once the key is turned. It engages the transmission system through the flywheel to make the engine start. Also, it is subject to a lot of friction against the flywheel, making it a step closer to malfunctioning each time it activates. A faulty starter will result in a difficulty in starting the engine. However, there will be times when the fault is not at the starter. Good thing is that there are ways on how to know for sure whether it is the starter or not. Following are some tests on how to be certain.
Battery terminals warm up when there is a problem with your Honda CRV starter. This is because the alternator is sending extra electricity for the starter to work. When checking for this symptom, be careful with working on the battery connections. Also note that if the wirings immediately cool down after the release of the key, the possibility of a starter problem is higher.
A common symptom of starter problems is a clicking sound from under the hood once the key is turned to "on" position. The starter is indeed faulty if the engine does not turn over at all. However, the problem is elsewhere if the engine starts after multiple attempts of turning the key.
The sole purpose of the starter is to engage with the flywheel once the car key is turned so the engine can start. If you are experiencing a no-start problem, the fault may lie on the connections of the starter. Have a friend help you in testing the current flowing on the wire connecting the battery and the starter. One of you get to turn the key while the other will hold a circuit tester to test if there is electricity flowing on the wires. If there is current but the starter is not spinning, it needs to be replaced.