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Car Starter Repair Estimate for Geo Prizm

Geo Prizm Car Starter Repair costs $197 on average. Following is a breakdown of the labor and parts estimates.

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$151 to $238
Labor: $70 -$104
Parts: $81 -$134
Average Dealer price
$260 to 395
Average Shop price
$189 to 281
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CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
1995 Geo PrizmL4-1.6LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$342.75Shop/Dealer Price$423.07 - $633.93
1994 Geo PrizmL4-1.6LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$342.75Shop/Dealer Price$423.13 - $634.03
1993 Geo PrizmL4-1.8LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$264.55Shop/Dealer Price$323.41 - $471.37
1991 Geo PrizmL4-1.6LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$270.35Shop/Dealer Price$330.05 - $468.40
1996 Geo PrizmL4-1.6LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$342.75Shop/Dealer Price$424.81 - $636.97
1990 Geo PrizmL4-1.6LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$263.85Shop/Dealer Price$321.32 - $458.01
1997 Geo PrizmL4-1.8LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$357.75Shop/Dealer Price$437.03 - $647.11
1993 Geo PrizmL4-1.6LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$237.19Shop/Dealer Price$290.54 - $421.80
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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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Real customer reviews from Geo owners like you.

Jose

14 years of experience
433 reviews
Jose
14 years of experience
Jose was very nice, got right to work, and had the problem ( a new starter) fixed in under an hour. I appreciate the convenience of the mechanic coming out to our residence. He did not add charges beyond the online estimate, which is why I will call Your Mechanic again. Jose does good quality work at a fair price- and I highly recommend him!
1995 GEO PRIZM - CAR STARTER REPAIR - PORTLAND, OREGON

Jamahl

17 years of experience
653 reviews
Jamahl
17 years of experience
Jamahl was friendly and very knowledgeable. He worked quickly to resolve the problem. I will book him whenever I need repairs. Thanks again Jamahl!!
1993 GEO PRIZM - STARTER - ORLANDO, FLORIDA

William

15 years of experience
90 reviews
William
15 years of experience
William is a great guy. He was on time and knew what he was doing. After replacing a few things in my car myself, I knew I needed a new starter. William replaced the starter in my car, which was a hard job. He did a great job and my car started. I would definitely recommend William and will be using him again in the future.
1996 GEO PRIZM - STARTER - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Brandon

17 years of experience
489 reviews
Brandon
17 years of experience
He did a great job
1993 GEO PRIZM - STARTER - ORLANDO, FLORIDA
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CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
1995 Geo PrizmL4-1.6LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$342.75Shop/Dealer Price$423.07 - $633.93
1994 Geo PrizmL4-1.6LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$342.75Shop/Dealer Price$423.13 - $634.03
1993 Geo PrizmL4-1.8LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$264.55Shop/Dealer Price$323.41 - $471.37
1991 Geo PrizmL4-1.6LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$270.35Shop/Dealer Price$330.05 - $468.40
1996 Geo PrizmL4-1.6LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$342.75Shop/Dealer Price$424.81 - $636.97
1990 Geo PrizmL4-1.6LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$263.85Shop/Dealer Price$321.32 - $458.01
1997 Geo PrizmL4-1.8LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$357.75Shop/Dealer Price$437.03 - $647.11
1993 Geo PrizmL4-1.6LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$237.19Shop/Dealer Price$290.54 - $421.80
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