Symptoms Of A BAD 4.6L & 5.4L Starter Motor

The most common symptom of a BAD starter are:

  1. 1

    Turn the key to crank the car (or pick up or SUV) and the engine does not turn over (crank).

  2. 2

    A jump start does not help. The vehicle's engine still refuses to crank.

  3. 3

    The battery has been charged and/or replaced and still the vehicle does not crank.

  4. 4

    Turn the key to start the car (or pick up or SUV) and all you hear is a small knock and nothing else.

Although the above list is a not a very complete list of symptoms... the theme that runs thru' them, and any other related symptom, is that the engine will not turn over when the key is turned to crank the vehicle.

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