A dead starter is a big setback for most drivers because it keeps you from using your car entirely until you get it fixed. That means dealing with rideshares, public transportation, or rentals in addition to the cost of repair. Before deciding you have a dead starter, though, it’s a good idea to rule out other issues and make sure you have a complete idea of the repair.
If it is simply a failed starter, it is usually a quick replacement unless the engine design has placed the starter in an inconvenient location. Check your manual before ordering a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer Starter to be sure you know how to access the old one for removal, that way you will know if you need to order any additional tools or parts for the job.
Check Your Battery
The first step in confirming a failed starter is to check for signs of a failed battery. If the battery is not supplying power, then the starter won’t engage anyway. You can often tell if the battery is dead by simply looking at the interior lights or dash when you try to start the car, but that is not always conclusive.
It is possible for a battery to have enough power to light up accessories and dash indicators without having enough to turn the engine over. Usually there are still some telltale signs like dimming lights, but not always, especially not in cold weather. Luckily, a battery test is easy to conduct if you find a store with a free battery testing service while you shop for your 2010 Chevrolet Traverse Starter.
Check Your Fuel Gauge
If you have power and the engine sounds like it is starting but not engaging fully and running, you also need to make sure you are not out of fuel. It sounds simple, but forgetting to fill up is still a major cause of drivers being stranded at home and on the freeway.
If you are not dealing with low fuel or a dead battery, then it is time to narrow your search more fully by getting the starter and ignition switch tested if you must. If you can hear the ignition switch engage after turning the key, though, it does narrow things down to the starter more quickly.
How Long Does a Starter Last?
If you are buying a starter new, you should be able to count on at least three years with it. Often they last much longer, but many OEM starter replacements have warranties of two or three years, so there is no reason to expect a failure before then. If you buy a rebuilt part or a performance part, those expectations could shift in either direction.
You really do not need to plan for a starter replacement unless you see signs that your current starter is failing. It is not a made to wear part like the timing belt with a set recommendation for replacement, although it is common for starters to wear out on older cars. Keep that in mind while you search for your new 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 Starter.