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The electric automobile self starter or best known as the starter is the device chiefly responsible for carrying out the processes involved in starting vehicles up.
The car starter works by harnessing the power of the automotive battery. Once the key is inserted into the ignition switch and then turned to the start position, a tiny amount of current flow through the neutral safety switch and into the starter relay or starter solenoid. The starter motor then cranks the engine to enable the piston to create a suction drawing in the fuel and air mixture into the cylinder. The engine will then start as the spark created by the ignition system will ignite this mixture.
Turning on the ignition switch allows a small amount of power from the battery to flow to the solenoid above the starter. When the low-current power from the starting battery is applied to the solenoid, oftentimes with a key-operated switch, it releases a small pinion gear on the starter motor's shaft and meshes it with the ring gear on the flywheel of the engine.
The solenoid is also responsible for closing out high-current contacts for the starter motor and it then starts to run. Once the engine starts, a key-operated switch is activated and a spring in the solenoid assembly pulls the pinion gear away from the ring gear which then causes the starter motor to stop. Modern auto starter motors are equipped with a "bendix," a gear and integral freewheel, or overrunning clutch, thereby allowing the flywheel to automatically disengage the pinion gear from the flywheel when the engine starts.

Starter Articles

  • Important Facts You Need to Know About Starter 10 October 2012

    Can't get your car going right away at every start-up? Then it's high time to have your old Starter replaced with a brand new one today.
    Do you know the secret of the world's fastest and most powerful cars? While a high-performance engine is definitely an automotive must-have, it doesn't stop there. A great engine is useless if you have no means to operate it. So what's the secret behind efficient vehicle operation? Enter: the "on-switch" of all automobiles-the Starter.
    Okay, so your car starter may be a bit more complex than your regular light switch, but it pretty much works the same way. It's the part of your car that initiates the process of vehicle operation. In short, no starter-no engine power. Powered by the battery, the Starter converts electricity into mechanical energy. This allows the crankshaft to control your vehicle's pistons.
    So how does the car starter work? Each time you turn on your ignition key, a small amount of electricity is sent from the battery to the starter solenoid located on top of your car starter. Then, the shift yoke makes its way to your starter's drive, which causes the crankshaft and the pinion to come together perfectly. The plunger then makes contact, which allows more power to flow from the battery to your car starter. Once the crankshaft has enough power to prepare your engine cylinders for ignition, the spark plug then lights the gasoline in your engine cylinders, allowing fuel combustion to ensue. Of course, this process won't happen if you have a broken car starter. If your car won't start, look for a starter replacement from a reputable dealer immediately.

  • Starter: Just the Facts 03 October 2012

    Your vehicle's engine must be set into motion by an external force before it can itself power up. Located at the front of the transmission bellhousing, the starter is what initiates the rotating motion that relays electric current from the battery to the engine. Early vehicles used a hand crank to crank-start the engine. But because this was dangerous and inconvenient to use, automakers have introduced a more reliable and safer system to jumpstart the engine. Today, you can use a remote starter installed by wiring a small electrical module to the starter in your vehicle. Just like other electronic devices, your vehicle's starter will periodically wear out. Fortunately, a replacement starter is relatively affordable and easy to find. That's especially true when you shop here at Auto Parts Deal. We have a wide selection of starters for a wide range of vehicle makes and models.


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