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Car Starter Repair Estimate for Volvo 850

Volvo 850 Car Starter Repair costs $440 on average.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
1997 Volvo 850L5-2.4L TurboService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$768.09Shop/Dealer Price$948.82 - $1459.06
1996 Volvo 850L5-2.4LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$768.09Shop/Dealer Price$948.75 - $1458.93
1997 Volvo 850L5-2.3L TurboService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$768.09Shop/Dealer Price$948.82 - $1459.06
1993 Volvo 850L5-2.4LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$792.09Shop/Dealer Price$974.18 - $1485.43
1995 Volvo 850L5-2.3L TurboService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$768.09Shop/Dealer Price$950.84 - $1462.58
1994 Volvo 850L5-2.3L TurboService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$785.09Shop/Dealer Price$966.48 - $1477.20
1995 Volvo 850L5-2.4LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$768.09Shop/Dealer Price$945.04 - $1452.43
1994 Volvo 850L5-2.4LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$792.09Shop/Dealer Price$973.18 - $1483.68
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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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Honorio

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Honorio
18 years of experience
Volvo 850 - Radiator Hose - San Jose, California
Honorios replaced the upper/lower radiator hoses and fluid on a 1997 Volvo 850. He was on time and finished as scheduled. We discussed other areas of the car that would require maintenance in the near future. He was very knowledgeable about the vehicle.

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Volvo 850 - oil cooler hose replacement - San Jose, California
1. YourMechanic rescheduled my appointment because the parts were not available in time. That should have been determined before scheduling. 2. Wrong parts ordered and given to mechanic. Result: Couldn't fix bad motor mounts without rescheduling for a 3rd time.

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Noe
35 years of experience
Volvo 850 - Oil Change - Seattle, Washington
Noe was easy to speak to with and very clear about what he would do. He performed all of the work in excellent time and my car is sooooo much happier now!

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Volvo 850 - Oil Change - Hercules, California
Carlos is very honest and very technical and he can explain the problem very well. He has a very good work ethics.

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