2003 kia


Asked by Oct 08, 2016 at 12:39 PM about the 2003 Kia Rio Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2003 kia rio and when I try to crank its like
a spinning sound I seen my alternator belt had
broke so I replace the belts and checked my timing
belt its fine but still get the spinning sound when
trying to crank please help me

1 Answer


If you are hearing a loud electric motor noise when you crank the engine and nothing else, then it is your starter. A starter has 2 parts, 1 called the solenoid (moves the starter gear into contact with the engine flywheel) and 2 the motor itself. When the solenoid goes bad the motor spins but is not in contact with the engine to get it to turn over. You can replace the solenoid (normally part of the starter assembly, so you have to buy the whole thing and replace the starter along with it) Or the old mechanic trick is to bang on the starter and solenoid to free it up so it can move the gears into contact. This sometimes works and isn't really a fix, just a band-aid.

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