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Car Starter Repair Estimate for Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta Car Starter Repair costs $321 on average. Following is a breakdown of the labor and parts estimates.

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$199 to $724
Labor: $70 -$200
Parts: $129 -$525
Average Dealer price
$355 to 1293
Average Shop price
$248 to 875
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CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2018 Volkswagen JettaL4-1.4L TurboService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$690.07Shop/Dealer Price$856.15 - $1318.25
2013 Volkswagen JettaL4-2.0L Turbo DieselService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$487.55Shop/Dealer Price$603.07 - $913.34
1992 Volkswagen JettaL4-1.6L DieselService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$367.95Shop/Dealer Price$451.93 - $672.40
1996 Volkswagen JettaL4-1.9L Turbo DieselService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$675.79Shop/Dealer Price$837.46 - $1284.85
1987 Volkswagen JettaL4-1.6L DieselService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$362.45Shop/Dealer Price$449.07 - $671.52
2013 Volkswagen JettaL4-2.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$512.75Shop/Dealer Price$633.10 - $961.17
2014 Volkswagen JettaL4-1.8L TurboService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$684.45Shop/Dealer Price$846.25 - $1306.21
2006 Volkswagen JettaL4-1.9L Turbo DieselService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$527.75Shop/Dealer Price$651.36 - $981.88
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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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Grzegorz

38 years of experience
440 reviews
Grzegorz
38 years of experience
I was in the middle of replacing the starter to my 97 VW Jetta all on my own, and the end was in sight. I had successfully taken the starter out, so I just needed to reverse my steps and install the new one. Little did I know, that the hole for the top 8" bolt was slightly misaligned (no wonder it took a bit of tugging and pulling to take out) and getting it back in was near impossible. Since it was so long, it went through the starter, transmission chassis, and then into a motor mount chassis. I tried to raise the motor via various jack points along the engine/transmission, but nothing would allow me to get the bolt back in. I was pretty frustrated and at my wits end. Enter Grzegorz. Grzegorz arrived on the scene and instantly started loosening all the motor mount bolts that held the entire motor/transmission in place. He was even able to loosen one of the motor mounts that I was unable to, as well as quickly locate 2 other motor mounts to loosen as well. Once that was done, I helped him slowly jack up the transmission as he was looking down the bolt shaft w/ his mirror. After he told me to stop, he was able to insert the bolt problem free. Everything after that was downhill and a piece of cake. I was extremely impressed with Grzegorz's knowledge of cars, specifically what motor mount bolts needed to be loosened, as well as his wide array of tools that he had at his disposal. He had a special ratchet or wrench for every occasion, and knew how to use them as well. His services are perfect if you're a big DIY guy like I am, and end up finding yourself in a tight spot. Sometimes walk-throughs and online car forums can only get you so far. To get you the rest of the way, you need a mechanic like Grzegorz from YourMechanic.
1997 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA - STARTER - SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

James

28 years of experience
364 reviews
James
28 years of experience
I needed the starter replaced on my 2007 volkswagen jetta and James arrived a little early and did the installation and also a thorough inspection of my car. He got it up and running and was very professional and a pleasure to have complete the work. I already have recommended him to others. Thank you!
2007 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA - STARTER - LOS ALAMITOS, CALIFORNIA

Jamahl

17 years of experience
703 reviews
Jamahl
17 years of experience
Jamahl was super friendly and helpful. He explained what needed to be done and prioritized the maintenance that needed to be done on my car. We will definitely be calling him back for all of our auto needs.
2014 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA - STARTER - ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Chet

38 years of experience
393 reviews
Chet
38 years of experience
Chet is great!!! He provided me with great information and does a great job in saving me money with his knowledge
1998 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA - STARTER - CHULA VISTA, CALIFORNIA
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CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2018 Volkswagen JettaL4-1.4L TurboService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$690.07Shop/Dealer Price$856.15 - $1318.25
2013 Volkswagen JettaL4-2.0L Turbo DieselService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$487.55Shop/Dealer Price$603.07 - $913.34
1992 Volkswagen JettaL4-1.6L DieselService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$367.95Shop/Dealer Price$451.93 - $672.40
1996 Volkswagen JettaL4-1.9L Turbo DieselService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$675.79Shop/Dealer Price$837.46 - $1284.85
1987 Volkswagen JettaL4-1.6L DieselService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$362.45Shop/Dealer Price$449.07 - $671.52
2013 Volkswagen JettaL4-2.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$512.75Shop/Dealer Price$633.10 - $961.17
2014 Volkswagen JettaL4-1.8L TurboService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$684.45Shop/Dealer Price$846.25 - $1306.21
2006 Volkswagen JettaL4-1.9L Turbo DieselService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$527.75Shop/Dealer Price$651.36 - $981.88
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