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How much does Car Starter Repair cost?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to. Our mechanics are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2004 Volkswagen Passat $629 $348.97 $280.00 19% $778.97
2011 Volvo XC70 $242 $172.18 $70.00 13% $279.68
2007 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD $374 $289.78 $84.00 10% $418.78
2014 Audi Q7 $1188 $383.44 $805.00 26% $1619.69
2008 Lexus ES350 $233 $162.73 $70.00 13% $270.23
2003 Chevrolet Corvette $258 $173.58 $84.00 14% $302.58
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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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Joseph

17 years of experience
285 reviews
Joseph
17 years of experience
Joseph was great. He was knowledgeable about my Porsche which is not common with general mechanics due to its age. He is professional, was on time and advised me about some other items and tips about my car.
1986 PORSCHE 944 - STARTER - WOODS CROSS, UTAH

Brian

19 years of experience
105 reviews
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2008 ACURA TSX - STARTER - WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Joseph

24 years of experience
351 reviews
Joseph
24 years of experience
Good guy. Very knowledgeable
2008 MERCURY MARINER - STARTER - HOUSTON, TEXAS

Chris

13 years of experience
397 reviews
Chris
13 years of experience
Chris was perfect, on time, totally professional and did the work quickly and perfectly...120% satisfied..! I just hope they send him again next time!
1984 CHEVROLET P30 - STARTER - SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

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