Have you ever gotten into your vehicle, put the key in the ignition, turned the key, and nothing? It is more than likely an issue with your starter motor. Here is how it works. When you turn the key, there is actually an electric motor powered by a 12-volt battery that that cranks the engine to get it started. In most vehicles, the starter is connected to the engine or to the transmission. In order to do this successfully, the starter motor needs to have a high electric current and a powerful battery. If this does not happen, then more than likely, the lights in your vehicle might turn on, but nothing else will work.
The first symptom is that your vehicle will not start. Now, if your vehicle will not start because it has a dead battery, that is a different story. If you know that your vehicle has a fully charged and working battery and it still will not start, it is probably the starter. Other symptoms include a couple of clicks with the engine not starting, the starter motor runs but the engine is not turning over, or a loud screeching noise.
If your vehicle is exhibiting any of the symptoms above, it is time to get your vehicle looked at. If you wish, during your next regularly scheduled appointment, you can ask your trusted mechanic about the starter motor in your vehicle, and whether or not it is in good shape. Otherwise, schedule an appointment at Fox Toyota today. Our friendly and knowledgeable technicians are Toyota certified and use only Toyota OEM parts. They do this to ensure the longevity of the part that they are replacing. We look forward to being able to serve you and to getting you back on the road in no time!