Your starter may only be responsible for one thing, but it plays a vital role. Also known as a starter motor, cranking motor, or self-starter, it's responsible for cranking, or rotating, your engine. Once the engine can operate under its own power, the starter is no longer needed.
How Your Starter Works
The starter uses a relay and a dedicated starter motor to start your engine. Most modern vehicles have an electric starter, so all you need to do is either turn your key or press the start button. If your key fob features a remote starter, all you'll need to do is press the right sequence and your engine will roar to life. That comes in handy if you need to either cool or heat the cabin quickly before entering.
How to Spot a Failing Starter
Fortunately, the signs of starter trouble are easy to recognize. Look for:
- Inability to start your BMW
- A clicking sound when you turn the key or press the start button
- Only being able to start when your vehicle is in certain gears
- You can’t jump-start the vehicle
- You notice that the starter is covered in oil or even has smoke coming from it
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If you do notice any of these problems, conduct an inspection to figure out exactly what's wrong. If it's your starter, or any related parts, be sure to use the best replacement component that you can. Since BMW starters are designed specifically to work with your model, they come with a guaranteed compatibility that can't be matched. Order from our expansive online auto parts catalog and we'll ship directly to your front door!
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