The starting system includes the battery, starter motor, solenoid, ignition switch, circuit protection and wiring connecting the components. On automatic transaxle-equipped vehicles, an inhibitor switch located in the gear selector mechanism is included in the starting system to prevent the vehicle from being started with the vehicle in gear. On later vehicles with manual transaxle, an inhibitor switch is located on the clutch pedal. The clutch pedal must be depressed to start the vehicle.
When the ignition key is turned to the START position, current flows and energizes the starter's solenoid coil. The solenoid plunger and clutch shift lever are activated and the clutch pinion engages the ring gear on the flywheel. The switch contacts close and the starter cranks the engine until it starts.
To prevent damage caused by excessive starter armature rotation when the engine starts, the starter incorporates an over-running clutch in the pinion gear.