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A starter is an electrical motor that is connected to the battery. The job of a starter is to set the engine (pistons, crankshaft, etc.) in motion when you turn the ignition switch on. When the starter fails, the engine’s components will not be put in motion, and the engine won’t work. As a result, the car won’t turn on. If your starter is malfunctioning, you’ll likely hear a clicking noise as the ignition system does its job, but since the engine’s pieces are stationary, the engine will never catch, and your vehicle won’t turn on. Slow cranking engines and dim headlights can sometimes point to a problem with your vehicle’s starting and charging system.

Park Auto Plaza proudly performs starter and battery repairs for customers in in Pinellas Park, Clearwater, Largo, St. Petersburg and the entire Tampa Bay area


Park Auto Plaza is an ASE Certified repair shop for automobiles, light trucks & Hybrid vehicles located in Pinellas Park, FL. We specialize in foreign and domestic vehicle repairs of all types.

Our approach to automotive repair at our shop is simple. It is our belief that if a vehicle is well-maintained (i.e. oil changed every 3,000 miles, transmission service, radiator flush and other recommended manufacturer service performed at regular intervals) your vehicle will be safe on the road AND save you money on repairs.


  • Does it really matter where I take my car for service?

    Yup. A professional certified mechanic is required to undergo continual training in the latest systems and proficient use of state-of-the-art equipment in order to test the electronics that control most cars’ functions and to enable diagnosis and prognoses of complex problems. Equipment includes: electronic scopes to monitor sensor signals, scanners to communicate with the computers, etc.

    As well, a certified mechanic has access to tech-info services to reference wiring diagrams, manufacturer’s technical service bulletins and other data. Without these resources, a garage mechanic might easily misdiagnose your vehicle’s problem at your expense.

  • Should I consider using synthetic motor oil?

    Synthetic engine oils are produced through a synthesis process that takes very small molecules and assembles them into larger designer molecules with premium lubricating properties.

  • What parts should be replaced at what intervals?

    Belts & Hoses – 30,000 miles

    Timing Belts – 80,000 miles

    Brakes – 35-40,000 miles

    Tune-ups – 50,000 miles

    Trans service (fluid change) – 40,000 miles

    Motor oil & filter – 3 to 6,000 miles

    All of the above are approximate depending on how hard you drive your vehicle is best to follow owners book recommendations if possible.

  • Why does my dashboard's “engine light” icon light up?

    The check engine (or service engine) light illuminates to alert you that the computer has detected a malfunction in a fuel, ignition, or emission control circuit. You should have this problem diagnosed as soon as possible: if the light starts flashing, your car’s computer has detected an engine miss that could lead to catalytic converter damage if you continue using the vehicle.

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