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Car Starter Repair Estimate for Toyota 4Runner

Toyota 4Runner Car Starter Repair costs $336 on average. Following is a breakdown of the labor and parts estimates.

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$147 to $683
Labor: $70 -$320
Parts: $77 -$363
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$252 to 1116
Average Shop price
$184 to 804
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CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2006 Toyota 4RunnerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$412.53Shop/Dealer Price$508.68 - $758.01
2003 Toyota 4RunnerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$412.53Shop/Dealer Price$508.76 - $758.15
2006 Toyota 4RunnerV8-4.7LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$743.06Shop/Dealer Price$899.72 - $1255.21
1997 Toyota 4RunnerV6-3.4LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$382.81Shop/Dealer Price$469.41 - $682.20
2007 Toyota 4RunnerV8-4.7LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$610.58Shop/Dealer Price$754.15 - $1099.83
1996 Toyota 4RunnerV6-3.4LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$950.25Shop/Dealer Price$1168.23 - $1739.68
2018 Toyota 4RunnerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$667.77Shop/Dealer Price$824.56 - $1267.15
1986 Toyota 4RunnerL4-2.4L TurboService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$228.95Shop/Dealer Price$280.24 - $405.32
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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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Nathan

26 years of experience
235 reviews
Nathan
26 years of experience
Nathan did a great job. He showed up on time and did exactly what the job called for. He walked me through the steps he would take while changing the starter and answered all my questions. He gave me recommendations for other work I need to have done on the vehicle in the future. He cleaned other parts while putting them back on the vehicle. Then cleaned up the work area and left everything better than it was when he arrived. I highly recommend hiring Nathan for your vehicle repair and maintenance needs.
1997 TOYOTA 4RUNNER - STARTER - TULSA, OKLAHOMA

James

28 years of experience
364 reviews
James
28 years of experience
James did a wonderful job. He changed out the starter with out a hitch and now I do not half to worry about an intermittent functioning starter. I was going to change it myself and then looked at the hassle of it...I did not want to deal with it. James made it look easy, but I knew it would have been a chore for me. He was very nice and professional. Gave me some recommendations without being a sales person. I felt he was honest and sincere. If you have a need for a mechanic, James is a great person to call up to the plate. YourMechanic is a great service! James...Thank You for doing a great job! Oh, on a side note, if this was done at a shop, the mechanic would probably not have finished in a couple of hours. I was up and driving around very quickly...not an all day project.
1996 TOYOTA 4RUNNER - STARTER - BUENA PARK, CALIFORNIA

Brandon

17 years of experience
570 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

Jose

13 years of experience
258 reviews
Jose
13 years of experience
Great work. No problems after replacement
1998 TOYOTA 4RUNNER - STARTER - HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA
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CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2006 Toyota 4RunnerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$412.53Shop/Dealer Price$508.68 - $758.01
2003 Toyota 4RunnerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$412.53Shop/Dealer Price$508.76 - $758.15
2006 Toyota 4RunnerV8-4.7LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$743.06Shop/Dealer Price$899.72 - $1255.21
1997 Toyota 4RunnerV6-3.4LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$382.81Shop/Dealer Price$469.41 - $682.20
2007 Toyota 4RunnerV8-4.7LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$610.58Shop/Dealer Price$754.15 - $1099.83
1996 Toyota 4RunnerV6-3.4LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$950.25Shop/Dealer Price$1168.23 - $1739.68
2018 Toyota 4RunnerV6-4.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$667.77Shop/Dealer Price$824.56 - $1267.15
1986 Toyota 4RunnerL4-2.4L TurboService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$228.95Shop/Dealer Price$280.24 - $405.32
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