The starting system of your vehicle is where it all begins….ok, you knew that. For your vehicle to properly start, many factors have to come together. The electrical system MUST be in good working order, with a fully charged battery. The fuel system must be ready to deliver just the right amount of fuel for the engine to fire. And, the starter must be able to handle the immense amount of electrical energy that will allow it to turn the engine over. Additionally, all sensors must identify to the ECM that “all systems are go”, and this will allow a clean, normal start.
Your starting system is comprised of the battery (sometimes 2 on diesel vehicles), wiring to the starter, which may include relays or other electrical components, the starter, and the ignition switch. A well charged battery in good condition is absolutely the most important part to having a reliable starting system, and all wiring must be in place with no breaks or chaffing. The starter itself is a relatively long-life part, but being electrical they can fail for a variety of reasons.
Poor starting is usually an engine or powertrain issue, but a lack of ability to start points more toward the starting system. If you’re experiencing starting problems with your vehicle, it’s time for us to take a look, and give your starting system a full inspection and test.