Starters for your car switch on the power
Before the invention of the starter motor, it took some manual effort to start your engine. If you've ever seen a car hand-cranked in old movies or have hand-cranked one yourself, you are familiar with this process and know how manual of a task it is and how unpredictable it can be at times. Most automobiles now use an electric starter in place of a manual hand-crank. Invented in 1911 by Charles Kettering, the electric starter is small enough that it can use a high voltage and current for a brief period in order to make enough power to crank an engine. This was a huge step forward for the automobile industry and has made life easier for millions of drivers ever since.
Sears is a leader in automotive parts and supplies. We carry a wide selection of engine starters and alternators so no matter what type of vehicle you own you can be sure to find the right part for your repair or maintenance. At Sears, you get low prices and free shipping on many engine starters from well-known brands like RareElectrical, Powermaster, ProForm, Tru-Tech, ACCEL, and ACDelco. You can even check to see if any are available for pickup at your local store.
Before deciding to replace an engine starter, first double check to make sure one of your car electrical modules has not failed, which can also cause a vehicle to not start. If it turns out to be the starter, check to see if the entire starter motor needs to be replaced or if you can just replace the solenoid. If you're the least bit unsure, it's best to replace the entire starter motor since both the motor and the solenoid work hand in hand. When buying a new engine starter, it's important to get the right one for your vehicle. Though all starter motors use the same basic principles, there are slight design differences between them in order to fit in different vehicle engine bays. Ensuring you buy the correct one first will save you the time and hassle of a return.
Getting in your car in the morning and then not having it start is never a good experience. You can find on-board diagnostics at Sears that will help alert you about potential problems like this ahead of time. Unfortunately, even with the best diagnostics system, sometimes the unexpected still occurs. No matter what happens, whether your external alternator has overheated and you need a replacement, or you just need a new accessory belt, you can find it Sears.