Can the Starter freeze up?


Asked by Jan 30, 2015 at 09:45 PM about the Ford F-150 Heritage

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

After a night of the recent  Blizzard my Ford F150 didn't make a sound when I turned the key.   I was getting good power from the battery.  all electrical seemed fine other than the heater that didn't go on.   I am wondering if the starter may have froze and if so how would I unfreeze it

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Just give it a few raps with a rubber mallet.

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Bob Beaman

Starters do lock up from time to time. Maybe park it where it can thaw, carefully use some heat on it or smack it with a dead blow hammer or as Ken suggested.


I had this happen years ago when I lived in WI and my neighbor told me to wrap an electric heat pad around it and let it sit for half an hour. I did it, it took an hour, but it worked.

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