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Car Starter Repair Estimate for Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer Car Starter Repair costs $341 on average. Following is a breakdown of the labor and parts estimates.

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$263 to $565
Labor: $80 -$135
Parts: $183 -$430
Average Dealer price
$471 to 1018
Average Shop price
$325 to 683
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CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2005 Ford ExplorerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$585.45Shop/Dealer Price$721.40 - $1100.09
2004 Ford ExplorerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$585.45Shop/Dealer Price$721.46 - $1100.20
2013 Ford ExplorerV6-3.5LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$528.17Shop/Dealer Price$648.84 - $985.81
2014 Ford ExplorerV6-3.5LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$523.17Shop/Dealer Price$646.24 - $985.01
2001 Ford ExplorerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$585.45Shop/Dealer Price$720.12 - $1097.85
2012 Ford ExplorerV6-3.5LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$528.17Shop/Dealer Price$648.12 - $984.56
2007 Ford ExplorerV8-4.6LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$655.95Shop/Dealer Price$810.93 - $1251.15
1999 Ford ExplorerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$579.95Shop/Dealer Price$717.91 - $1098.11
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Car Starter Repair Service

What's a car starter motor and how does it work?

The starter motor is a powerful, compact electric motor that will turn a car’s engine over at about 200 RPM in order to start the engine. The starter is at the terminus of a circuit that includes the battery, the ignition switch, a neutral safety switch, relays and fuses.

When you turn the ignition key to start, or press the start button in some vehicles, the starter circuit is completed and the starter will run. Most starters have a small pinion gear that engages a larger ring gear on the flywheel when the starter is powered on. The pinion gear turns the engine flywheel at about 200 RPM. Since the flywheel is directly connected to the crankshaft, all engine components will then turn in sync and the engine starts.

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When to replace the starter?

Starters are relatively durable but most will eventually fail in one or more of the following ways:

  • Intermittent operation of the starter. Starters can develop bad spots on the armature which will cause intermittent operation. This causes the starter to work sometimes and other times when you turn the key nothing happens.
  • Starter turns too slowly. Internal electrical and mechanical faults can cause the starter to draw too much current and in some cases the current drawn will exceed what the battery can supply. A consequence is the engine may not start as rapidly.
  • Unusual noises on starting. If you hear any type of grinding or other unusual noise while starting the engine, that should be investigated as the noise could reflect an internal starter failure or the noise could be due to pinion gear failure or flywheel ring gear damage.
  • Starter doesn’t function when turning the key. In some cases, the first symptom of a starter malfunction is a complete failure of the starter motor. This happens when you turn the ignition key to start the car, the starter motor does not function at all.

How do mechanics repair the starter?

  • If the starter is determined to be faulty, the battery must be disconnected prior to commencing any work. Once the battery is disconnected, the wiring to the starter is disconnected.
  • Starters are bolted to the engine block or the transmission case. Generally, there are two bolts. The procedure to access the starter varies across car models and can require removal, or lowering, of other vehicle components.
  • Once the starter is removed and a new starter is installed, the mounting bolts are tightened to the OEM factory torque specifications, the electrical connections are cleaned and re-attached to the starter and the starter is tested to confirm normal operation.

Is it safe to drive with a starter problem?

Once a vehicle engine is running, the starter is not in use. However, if you know that the starter is malfunctioning or working intermittently, you may be left stranded if you turn the engine off and the starter doesn’t function when restarting the engine. Should you know or suspect a problem with the starter, it is best to have the problem repaired to avoid being left stranded.

When replacing a faulty starter keep in mind:

  • Prior to replacing the starter, simple diagnostic tests should be performed to ensure that the problem is a faulty starter versus a weak battery, faulty neutral start switch, or other faulty electrical component in the starter motor circuit.
  • Starters draw large amounts of current from the battery, much more than any other electrically powered device in your car. This makes it important that the electrical connections to the battery are inspected, cleaned, and tightened as necessary. Cables to the starter should also be inspected for corrosion and replaced as needed.

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Chris

18 years of experience
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Chris
18 years of experience
Ford Explorer - Starter - Vancouver, Washington
Chris did an amazing job on replacing my ford explorers starter. He was fast, friendly, and straight to the point. Even gave me some tips along the way and what to watch for. Highly recommend

Tinashe

11 years of experience
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Tinashe
11 years of experience
Ford Explorer - Starter - Roswell, Georgia
On time, professional, and very knowledgeable. Completed work and performed detail inspection afterwards.

Miguel

33 years of experience
240 reviews
Miguel
33 years of experience
Ford Explorer - Starter - Jacksonville, Florida
I would just like to say Miguel was a God sent to help with my car repairs. Very professional and proficient about his work. Extremely knowledgeable about vehicles. I really enjoyed him. Sound straight to the point advice about my repairs and maintenance of my vehicle.

Joseph

18 years of experience
431 reviews
Joseph
18 years of experience
Ford Explorer - Car Starter Repair - Sandy, Utah
Arrived early, very knowledgable, did an awesome job and did it quickly! Will definitely use Joseph again!
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CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2005 Ford ExplorerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$585.45Shop/Dealer Price$721.40 - $1100.09
2004 Ford ExplorerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$585.45Shop/Dealer Price$721.46 - $1100.20
2013 Ford ExplorerV6-3.5LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$528.17Shop/Dealer Price$648.84 - $985.81
2014 Ford ExplorerV6-3.5LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$523.17Shop/Dealer Price$646.24 - $985.01
2001 Ford ExplorerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$585.45Shop/Dealer Price$720.12 - $1097.85
2012 Ford ExplorerV6-3.5LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$528.17Shop/Dealer Price$648.12 - $984.56
2007 Ford ExplorerV8-4.6LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$655.95Shop/Dealer Price$810.93 - $1251.15
1999 Ford ExplorerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$579.95Shop/Dealer Price$717.91 - $1098.11
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