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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
2009 GMC Savana 2500 $251 $181.33 $70.00 12% $288.83
2004 Kia Magentis $318 $241.47 $77.00 11% $359.72
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander $810 $740.40 $70.00 4% $847.90
2013 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 $984 $843.73 $140.00 7% $1058.73
2011 Mercedes-Benz ML450 $351 $280.78 $70.00 9% $388.28
2003 Mercedes-Benz S55 AMG $362 $278.19 $84.00 11% $407.19
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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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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

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Brandon

17 years of experience
489 reviews
Brandon
17 years of experience
Brandon was friendly and very knowledgeable. He replaced the starter on our car and provided additional support / advice. I highly recommend Brandon to anyone looking to get work done on a old or new car.
2001 FORD ESCAPE - STARTER - ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Lucas

14 years of experience
707 reviews
Lucas
14 years of experience
Lucas was fantastic, he had the job done in record time. He was very polite and made you relax that he had this handle with no problems. Thanks Lucas
1993 TOYOTA COROLLA - STARTER - SYLMAR, CALIFORNIA

Ruben

14 years of experience
71 reviews
Ruben
14 years of experience
Overall it was a pleasant experience. I scheduled an appointment with Ben at 9am to replace the starter on my 2005 Toyota Corolla. Ben arrived around 9:15, greeted me, apologized for being a bit late as he stopped to pick up the part, took a look at my car and let me know that it would take about an hour. 40 minutes later he was done. He explained what he did, showed me that my car started, answered all my questions, bid me farewell and left. All before 10am. I found Ben to be very personable, knowledgeable and efficient. I highly recommend his services.
2005 TOYOTA COROLLA - STARTER - KERNERSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

Sam

14 years of experience
105 reviews
Sam
14 years of experience
Sam was courteous and prompt. He explained what was needed and the pricing. He did say we would get $30 off of the diagnostic fee but that has yet to be applied. Other then that he delivered everything he said he would. He did not mind us asking questions or standing there while he completed the work. What I enjoyed the most about the "YourMechanic" experience is the convenience. I did not have to take time off work to have my car serviced and I got to stay with my vehicle. Sometimes leaving your car with a mechanic can be scary. It's like sending your child on a plane without you there to make sure everything's ok. I read up about this type of on site service and was a little leery about trying YourMechanic. I guess those other customers were not as fortunate as we were to have someone as professional and caring as Sam. I would highly recommend Sam and this company. Thanks Sam!
2012 KIA SORENTO - STARTER - FRESNO, CALIFORNIA

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