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Car Starter Repair Estimate for Volkswagen Transporter

Volkswagen Transporter Car Starter Repair costs $411 on average.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
1985 Volkswagen TransporterH4-1.9LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$657.85Shop/Dealer Price$808.20 - $1219.29
1986 Volkswagen TransporterH4-2.1LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$760.28Shop/Dealer Price$933.32 - $1404.70
1991 Volkswagen TransporterH4-2.1LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$760.28Shop/Dealer Price$933.42 - $1404.88
1994 Volkswagen TransporterL5-2.4L DieselService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$651.53Shop/Dealer Price$803.04 - $1232.53
1990 Volkswagen TransporterH4-2.1LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$760.28Shop/Dealer Price$936.45 - $1410.18
1987 Volkswagen TransporterH4-2.1LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$687.12Shop/Dealer Price$839.77 - $1254.71
1971 Volkswagen TransporterH4-1.6LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$636.59Shop/Dealer Price$783.18 - $1203.39
1993 Volkswagen TransporterL5-2.5LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$649.39Shop/Dealer Price$797.22 - $1212.64
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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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Jason

21 years of experience
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Jason
21 years of experience
Volkswagen Transporter - Car is not starting - Hendersonville, Tennessee
Jason figured out what was wrong with my classic air cooled vw bus and had it up and running in no time. He was very professional and punctual. I would use him again as my mechanic without question.

Bryant

10 years of experience
294 reviews
Bryant
10 years of experience
Volkswagen Transporter - Car starts and then dies - Indianapolis, Indiana
Bryan was about 90 minutes late to the appointment, but kept me informed during the wait. The situation was not critical, so I was fine with the delay. When he arrived and started to work I better understood the situation - Bryant does a thorough job and really works to get you a solution. My 77 VW Transporter was starting but not running. Bryant spend the better part of the hour tracking down the "bug" in the works and in the end was able to get the bus back to running condition. He went above and beyond and I would not hesitate to recommend the service and Bryant to a friend or family member.

Joseph

23 years of experience
34 reviews
Joseph
23 years of experience
Volkswagen Transporter - Car does not shift from park to drive - Pleasant Hill, California
Joseph was great! He was prompt, courteous, and very helpful. He fixed my issue quickly and even helped answer additional questions that I had about what another mechanic had mentioned about my vehicle. It was evident the other mechanic did not do a thorough evaluation on an inspection so that was very nice of him to help me troubleshoot. I will be looking to use him again in the future.

Kenneth

18 years of experience
503 reviews
Kenneth
18 years of experience
Volkswagen Transporter - Car is not starting - Long Beach, California
Extremely knowledgeable, professional, friendly, and came prepared. Excellent!

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