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Starters

Electric Car Starters

Prior to the invention of the starter, engines were fired by way of various methods including springs, gunpowder cylinders, and the hand crank. In 1911, Charles Kettering and Henry Leland invented the first electric starter. It first appeared on the 1912 Cadillac and has since gone on to be incorporated in just about every vehicle equipped with an internal combustion engine. The starter motor provides torque to spin the engine internals, creating suction to draw in air for combustion. Startup is when a vehicle actually experiences the most wear, especially in the starter motor and the engine itself. Your engine’s starter motor, while expertly engineered from the factory to perform on demand, can eventually succumb to the effects of time and wear. At that point, you have two options: either purchase a brand new replacement starter, or you can save money by repairing the stock unit yourself. No matter which way you choose, Discount Starter & Alternator has quality replacement, brand new OEM-spec aftermarket starters, automotive starter parts, and repair kits. We specialize in aftermarket starters and starter motors for domestic and foreign makes and models including top selling marques such as Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, Honda, BMW, and Volkswagen. Whether you need a Chevy Impala starter, if you have Ford Mustang starter problems, or are looking to buy a starter for a 2007 Honda Accord or a starter for a 2004 Ford Taurus, browse our extensive online inventory for engine starters and buy replacement starters for cars at Discount Starter & Alternator.

Before you replace your starter, try testing first it to make absolutely sure that it can be salvaged. We'll show you how. Learn how to bench test a standard starter, a single post starter with Bendix drive, and starters without solenoids.