How to Know When a Vehicle's Starter Needs Service

When a car doesn't start or has a hard time turning over, most people automatically think it's the battery. That's not always the case. There are some indications that it's actually the starter.

One common sign of a problematic starter is the car doesn't start when the key is turned or when the ignition button is pressed. Unless the lights have been left on and the battery is totally dead, it's most likely because there is a failed circuit in the starter relay. If the circuit hasn't failed completely, there will be a clicking noise when the ignition key is turned.

Another clue for a problematic starter is that it stays on after ignition. The starter circuit is meant to close after ignition, so power to the starter motor is cut off once the vehicle starts. If the main contacts in the starter relay are stuck in closed position, this occurs.

When it's time to have your vehicle's starter serviced, stop in at the Concord Honda auto service bays in Concord, CA, and have our professionals take care of it.

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**Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors.

For 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, 115 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 47 city/46 highway/46 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 13 mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 570 mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Based on 2014 EPA mileage and driving range ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit