Anonymous asked in Cars & TransportationMaintenance & Repairs · 4 weeks ago

if tried to start engine and first time got a noise from the starter, but then next time, it started up fine...what might mean?

I btw, was putting the electric windows up repeatedly before this happened without the engine running (as was trying to figure out why the window would not go all the way down on driver's side door. is it possible that i just maybe drained the battery a bit and that is why?

what else might be?


David B-  no, it wasnt that kind of noise, it was like a bit of a sharp grind noise. that is what a starter makes right?

5 Answers

  • 4 weeks ago
    Best Answer

    Your starter missed a cog. If it happens again think of replacing the starter before you mess up your flywheel ring

    • Percyqted
      Lv 7
      3 weeks agoReport

      It's just wear on the starter motor, maybe you didn't have enough power to push the starter cogs all the way in (They shoot forward to engage the flywheel when you spin the starter) If it doesnt happen again you can put it down to your window excess draining the battery.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Starters act that way when they are starting to go bad. Just drive until you begin having more trouble.

  • martin
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Before you get a new battery, try starting your car without pushing the gas pedal at all. Sometimes cars like to start that way. Otherwise, if the battery is several years old, don't be a skin-flint. Get a new one.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Replace the battery.  No joy, time to see the mechanic.  Connections to the starter might be bad or starter is failing.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    If the battery is nearing its life expectancy it is possible that you drained it. If it continues to happen where the starter makes a clicking sound but doesn' start the engine. It could mean that you either need a new battery or a new starter.

    • David B.
      Lv 7
      4 weeks agoReport

      Not unless the engine has already started. It is the noise that the starter will make if the ignition is turned again while the engine is running.

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