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Car Starter Repair Estimate for Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner Car Starter Repair costs $325 on average. Following is a breakdown of the labor and parts estimates.

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$141 to $656
Labor: $70 -$320
Parts: $71 -$336
Average Dealer price
$239 to 1057
Average Shop price
$175 to 764
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CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2005 Toyota 4RunnerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$383.54Shop/Dealer Price$475.11 - $708.34
2003 Toyota 4RunnerV8-4.7LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$887.70Shop/Dealer Price$1073.23 - $1486.70
1989 Toyota 4RunnerV6-3.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$574.28Shop/Dealer Price$704.50 - $1026.20
1996 Toyota 4RunnerL4-2.7LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$407.56Shop/Dealer Price$507.08 - $751.91
1998 Toyota 4RunnerL4-2.7LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$407.56Shop/Dealer Price$502.73 - $744.29
2003 Toyota 4RunnerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$383.54Shop/Dealer Price$471.09 - $701.30
2016 Toyota 4RunnerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$776.40Shop/Dealer Price$963.10 - $1465.03
1989 Toyota 4RunnerL4-2.4LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$233.76Shop/Dealer Price$287.29 - $419.56
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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 Toyota owners like you.

John

16 years of experience
98 reviews
John
16 years of experience
Would recommend John, he was on time, professional, and did a great job in replacing my vehicles starter.
2000 TOYOTA 4RUNNER - STARTER - CEDAR PARK, TEXAS

Brandon

17 years of experience
489 reviews
Brandon
17 years of experience
This is my second appointment with Brandon. He's a great mechanic and is always professional and courteous. He is the only mechanic I will use with "YourMechanic". Highly recommend
2010 TOYOTA 4RUNNER - STARTER - ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Joshua

10 years of experience
41 reviews
Joshua
10 years of experience
Joshua is very friendly, professional, and extremely knowledgeable. He listens attentively and thoroughly explains all processes. He even makes maintenance suggestions to prevent potential issues. He is great!
1997 TOYOTA 4RUNNER - STARTER - DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA

Jose

14 years of experience
433 reviews
Jose
14 years of experience
I was a. Little nervous using this service with some of the prior reviews but everything worked out great. Jose was a couple minutes early. He introduced himself and then got to work. I was having my starter replaced, he tested the battery and starter and showed me the results. The starter was failing and the battery showed signs of wear but didn't need replacement yet. The whole repair took an hour longer than the estimate due to some rusted bolts. But since the bid is for the job there was no extra charge for the time. Overalls it was a good experience and I would recommend and will probably use for future tune ups I have planned. So glad I didn't do this job myself.
2005 TOYOTA 4RUNNER - STARTER - PORTLAND, OREGON
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CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2005 Toyota 4RunnerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$383.54Shop/Dealer Price$475.11 - $708.34
2003 Toyota 4RunnerV8-4.7LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$887.70Shop/Dealer Price$1073.23 - $1486.70
1989 Toyota 4RunnerV6-3.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$574.28Shop/Dealer Price$704.50 - $1026.20
1996 Toyota 4RunnerL4-2.7LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$407.56Shop/Dealer Price$507.08 - $751.91
1998 Toyota 4RunnerL4-2.7LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$407.56Shop/Dealer Price$502.73 - $744.29
2003 Toyota 4RunnerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$383.54Shop/Dealer Price$471.09 - $701.30
2016 Toyota 4RunnerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$776.40Shop/Dealer Price$963.10 - $1465.03
1989 Toyota 4RunnerL4-2.4LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$233.76Shop/Dealer Price$287.29 - $419.56
Show example Toyota 4Runner Car Starter Repair prices

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