What is the Grinding Noise When Starting a Car?
It is something many of us dread every time we turn the key or push the button to start our car. Instead of a short whir followed by the quiet rumble of the engine starting up, we hear a prolonged grinding noise.
Sometimes, after the banshee scream of the grinding noise, the car will start. Other times it won't, and it takes several turns of the key or pushes on the start button to crank the engine over and get it going. Of course, in the worst cases, the engine doesn't start at all. The ringing in your ears is the only evidence that you ever turned the key. This begs the critical question: what is the grinding noise when starting a car?
You need to know what causes the grinding noise you hear and what doesn't cause it. Further, we'll give you a way to tune-up your listening skills so you can begin to discern the mechanical problem you might be facing from the sound of the noise you hear.
That is a skill that top mechanics have developed over years of hearing various noises emanate from the vehicles they work on, based on the consistent types of sounds various components make when they malfunction. Battery-related issues sound different than starter-related issues, for example.
"Usually, when I hear the sounds the car makes in particular situations, I can get a pretty good idea of what's wrong," said Automotive Service Excellence-certified mechanic Eric Charles. "After a while, you just get a sense of these things."