Factory Ford starters go by many names, including starter motor, cranking motor, and self-starter. Whatever you call the one under your hood, whether it's remanufactured or new, how a starter works is the same.
They use a dedicated motor and starter relay to manage the power your engine needs to start. A remote starter system takes care of the job with the push of a button on a smart key fob; no turn of a key is needed.
However, when starters won't crank to turn an engine, or they won't do it consistently, it's usually because they're going out or they've gone bad. Loose wiring, dirty terminals, a rusty battery, or damaged or broken starter parts are usually to blame.
How to Spot a Faulty Starter
Fortunately, signs of starter failure are easy to recognize. They include:
- Engine won't start but dash lights still come on
- Unable to jump-start your vehicle
- Starter begins to smoke
- Starter is covered in oil
- You can only start when your vehicle is in specific gears
Genuine OEM Starters Are Most Reliable
The best and easiest fix? Install another genuine Ford starter. Your OEM designs them for what you drive, after all, and that ensures compatibility. Our auto parts store has a great selection, and you can browse it by model to find the proper fit. Check another DIY project off your to-dos. Buy your new starter online today. We'll ship in short order.
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