The easiest way is to take it to a parts store where most of them will check them out free. It also helps if we know what kind of car you have. GoodluckJoe
turn your head lights on and try to start it if the headlights go out its more than likely your battery if they stay bright or barely dim its your starter
try the lights, do they turn on? if yes, then it probably isn't the battery. if its the starter motor, you should hear a loud clicking sound from the engine when you turn the key in the ignition. if this is the problem, turn the car off, open the door, stand on the sill at the side of the car while holding the edge of the roof and rock the car. if the car starts after this - its your starter.
If your starter was bad your car would not even crank. If its your battery the starter will click repeatedly.
Remove the battery and take it to an auto parts store for testing. They can tell you if it is bad. If it is good, then remove the starter and do the same thing.
bad starter or bad connection to starter or bad ground on battery or starter
Could be the battery is drained or bad. Could be battery connections at battery and or starter are dirty and or loose. Could be starter solenoid is bad. Could be starter is bad.
Your starter is incapable of being drained. It is an electric motor. However a bad starter can drain your battery
My suggestion is to make sure that you have a good connection between your starter and your battery. Is the starter even functioning? If not, it is probably a bad starter, a bad battery, a bad fusible link for the starter, a blown fuse, or just a bad connection. My suggestion is to make sure that you have a good connection between your starter and your battery. Is the starter even functioning? If not, it is probably a bad starter, a bad battery, a bad fusible link for the starter, a blown fuse, or just a bad connection.
First, turn on the headlights. Now, have someone watch them as you try to start the car; do they get dim? If so, the battery is in need of a charge; If not, you need to check your connections at the starter. You may have a bad starter, starter solenoid, or connection.
Weak Battery? Loose or corroded battery cables? Weak starter solenoid? Bad starter? Weak Battery? Loose or corroded battery cables? Weak starter solenoid? Bad starter?
The starter could be bad. Or the battery. The starter could be bad. Or the battery.
If the starter is bad no. Check battery, starter and solenoid to be sure which is bad.
dead battery bad starter solenoid bad starter loose or corroded battery or starter cables
Could be,low battery, loose or dirty battery connections, starter is bad, starter solenoid is bad, neutral safety switch bad or out of adjustment, starter relay is bad,
Dead battery? Loose or corroded battery cables? Bad starter? Bad starter solenoid? Bad neutral Switch?
Not sure if its the starter or the battery? Check the battery at a store. They can do a check on it for free. If its good then the starter could be bad. Bad starters don't work or they work intermittently. Usually just ehear a click and then when you retry it starts. That's the symptoms. Most places can also check the starter for you.
Dead battery? Loose or dirty battery cables? Bad starter solenoid? Bad starter? Neutral switch?
Check for: weak battery Loose or corroded battery cables Loose wire on starter Bad starter Bad starter solenoid Bad neutral safety switch
The battery is dead, the connection is bad, the terminals are corroded, the starter is bad, the solenoid is bad.
Seized Engine? Loose or corroded battery cables? Loose connection at starter or solenoid? Bad starter solenoid Bad starter? Bad neutral safety switch?
Seized engine? Dead or weak battery? Loose or corroded battery terminals? Bad starter? Bad starter solenoid? Bad or mis-adjusted neutral or clutch safety switch?
If you can jump start the engine your starter is good.
Start by cleaning the battery cables. Dead battery. Dirty/loose battery connections. Not fully in park or neutral. Blown fuse. Bad neutral safety switch. Bad starter. Bad starter relay. Bad starter solenoid.
Engine seized?Dead battery?Loose or corroded battery cable?Bad starter?Bad starter solenoid?Bad neutral switch?
Engine seized? Dead battery? Loose or corroded battery cables? Bad starter? Bad starter solenoid? Bad neutral or clutch safety switch?
Starter problems can be caused by several things: Weak battery because of battery failure or alternator that is not charging the battery. Falty connection between the battery and the starter. Solenoid failure or bad connection on the solenoid. Starter failure. Neutral lockout switch failure. Bad connection between keyswitch and starter.
Battery cable connections may not be tight. The starter could be bad. The starter solenoid could be bad. Check to see if the lights work. If they do, leave them on and try to start the vehicle. IF the lights dim, you have a bad battery connection somewhere or a bad starter.
YesFirst if the starter is bad the car will not start, if it will not start it can not charge the battery.If the starter will not work it can mean there is an electrical problem that will also prevent the alternator from charging the batteryThe starter itself CAN NOT CAUSE CHARGING PROBLEMS!The extra load on the battery can ruin the battery and that can ruin the alternator. But before that NO.