The term, “turning the engine over”, refers to the twisting motion that is necessary to initiate ignition. The crankshaft has to be turned at a certain speed. As the crankshaft turns, the pistons move up and down, the camshaft spins, and, the valves open and close. When fuel, oxygen, and spark are applied, the engine’s reciprocating internals are in motion. Cranking by hand is a physically-demanding task and unlike small engines that use a ripcord or pull cable for a recoil starter, the electric starter was invented as a convenience to eliminate the need for manual hand-cranking. Since then, electric starter motors have become so widespread, we humans forget what it was like to manually crank an engine by hand and sometimes, we take this for granted. Because a starter motor is subjected to high levels of physical wear and tear through regular use, it is often the cause of many a problem related to rough starting or no-start situations. Keep in mind that sometimes, a bad starter solenoid or dead starter relay can render a starter useless. This part of the starter can be replaced, this eliminating the need for an entirely new starter. But if it has been determined that the whole starter unit has failed, trust HQ Powersports to be your stop of brand new, aftermarket, replacement starter motors that meet or exceed OEM specifications. We stock a various array of replacement 12 volt starters, starter motors, starter and battery kits, and starter drive and solenoid kits for ATVs and UTVs by Yamaha, Honda, Polaris, Kawasaki, Can-Am, and other popular makes and models.