Cranking motors, self-starters, plain old starter motors -- whatever you call car starters, remanufactured or new, how the one in your Subaru or Volkswagen works is the same: it uses the combo of a dedicated motor and relay to "crank" (i.e., start) your engine. Remote starters do the same thing, but without the need for a key turn; press a button on a smart key fob, and the motor cranks.
If your starter doesn't work at all, though -- or, at least, it doesn't work dependably -- most likely, it's because it's going out, if it hasn't already gone bad. Luckily, both starter failure's causes and the symptoms of starter problems are related, and fairly easy to spot.
The former ranges from rusty terminals and loose wires to damaged parts. The latter includes the inability to start (even when the dash lights and displays are lit), only being able to start in this drive mode or that gear, and failure to jump-start. Other more obvious signs are a smoking starter and one covered in oil.
If you're seeing any of these, do a thorough inspection. Whether its results advise you to buy a whole new starter or just a few replacement parts, you can find them here, at our auto parts store. Your brand designs its starters to work specifically with its models, so one made by either VW or Subaru will be the best choice for yours.
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