Engine Starter Repair: How to Fix the Carbon Contacts Engine Starter Repair: How to Fix the Carbon Contacts

What You'll Need
Wire Brush
Sandpaper

When it comes to engine starter repair, it is important for you to understand what it entails. The more that you know about your starter, the better off you will be when it comes to knowing when and how to fix or replace it. Mechanics can be expensive, and often unnecessary. So whenever your starter begins to give you issues, there are a few things that you can try first.

Step 1 – Know When Something is Wrong

Of course the most important step of this entire problem is knowing when there actually is a problem. You will need to know what to look for so that you can begin this process as quickly and as easily as possible. If you do not know what to look for or if you diagnose it as the wrong thing you will waste a lot of time and effort on nothing. You will find that whenever you attempt to start your vehicle it will not do anything besides click. This means that the starter has failed. One of the main causes of this is carbon deposits that form in the motor. You may end up needing to replace a few things but before you do this you will need to make sure that this does not happen again.

Step 2 – Repair Carbon Contacts

Because it is carbon deposits that form in the area you will of course have the carbon contacts to blame. You will find that you will easily be able to repair them to make sure that this does not happen again by cleaning the contacts. You will find that the best way to do this is with a wire brush to get into all of the crevices.

Once you have the area cleaned, you will then need to get some sandpaper and file down any additional spots that seem to have issues. These issues would be deposits that have sat for a while and may not come off very easily. Whenever you clean these carbon contacts, you will find that any new starters or wires that you put into place will not be in danger of getting any of the deposits on them.

Step 3 – Replace Carbon Contacts

If worse comes to worse and you find yourself having to sand a bit too much off of the carbon contacts then it may be time to replace them. You will need to try to stay on them and keep an eye out for any carbon deposits forming before it is too late again. Whenever you are checking your oil or refilling the windshield wiper fluid take a look to see if there is any build up that is forming on the starter. Being able to spot it early will help you to be able to remedy the situation before it turns into a big problem again.

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