In the automotive world, power has always been associated with size.
Large trucks, vans and SUVs are always seen as more powerful than
smaller vehicles like sedans, coupes, hatchbacks and minivans. The same
thing is true with the engines. Large V6s, V8s and V10s are often
admired for their performance more than the smaller I4 and I6 engines.
There is one vehicle component, though, that broke this association—the
starter. It may be one of the smallest electromechanical components
that a vehicle is equipped with, but it gives off a power that you
would never expect for its size.
The starter is the small electrical motor used to spin the
engine a few revolutions for the combustion process to begin and for
your vehicle to start moving. Quite a simple function, right? This
function, however, needs a lot more power than it actually appears
like. Starting a cold engine requires a very large amount of power as
the starter motor must overcome a lot of forces, including the internal
friction on the piston rings and the compression pressure of the
cylinders. The starter motor must also overcome the energy needed to
open and close valves with the cam shaft and the energy to move every
other thing attached to the engine, including the water pump, oil pump,
alternator and others. Imagine all these opposing forces to be defeated
by a small electric motor. It must really be very powerful!
But where will a 12-volt motor get all the power needed to
start a cold engine? A starter unit is made up not only of the starter
motor but also the starter solenoid. For the starter motor to produce a
very large amount of power, it needs hundred of amperes of electricity
to flow on it. This is the reason why not a simple switch but a starter
solenoid is used on a starter motor. The starter solenoid is basically
a large electronic switch that can handle the large amount of current
needed by the starter motor.
So, are you still not impressed with the power of the small
Chevrolet starter in your favorite Chevy vehicle? Of course you would
be! Sadly, we never really think about the starter motor until it
starts malfunctioning. We may not even see its importance until the
vehicle fails to start moving after we turn the ignition key.
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