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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
2012 Volkswagen Passat $502 $417.84 $84.00 8% $546.84
2013 Dodge Durango $366 $190.59 $175.00 20% $459.34
2008 Ford F-350 Super Duty $280 $210.37 $70.00 11% $317.87
2013 Ford Escape $259 $168.03 $91.00 15% $307.78
2010 GMC Savana 2500 $251 $181.33 $70.00 12% $288.83
2014 Toyota Camry $221 $151.11 $70.00 14% $258.61
2004 Oldsmobile Bravada $319 $249.26 $70.00 10% $356.76
2014 BMW 335i GT xDrive $598 $415.67 $182.00 14% $695.17
2014 BMW 435i $598 $415.67 $182.00 14% $695.17
2005 BMW 330xi $742 $434.22 $308.00 18% $907.22
2006 Mercedes-Benz S600 $566 $412.35 $154.00 12% $648.85
2003 Lincoln Aviator $320 $249.58 $70.00 10% $357.08
2009 Mercedes-Benz E300 $364 $293.66 $70.00 9% $401.16
2014 Ford Mustang $309 $239.04 $70.00 10% $346.54
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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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Tung

12 years of experience
102 reviews
Tung
12 years of experience
Ting came out and replaced my starter. He was very efficient and the process was quick and easy! The rates are cheaper than going to a dealer.
2009 HONDA CIVIC - STARTER - ATLANTA, GEORGIA

Robert

16 years of experience
264 reviews
Robert
16 years of experience
This was a warranty work approved by YourMechanic.com and performed by Robert. He was punctual and quickly spotted the problem then rectified it with YourMechanic as a valid warranty item and replaced the starter. He is everything anyone would want in a mechanic. Thanks, Robert.
2005 HONDA PILOT - STARTER - BROOMFIELD, COLORADO

Jose

21 years of experience
39 reviews
Jose
21 years of experience
The man knows his stuff. Very pleased with his work!! I will schedule him again, ask for him to repair my truck. I will tell my friends about him.
1999 CHEVROLET CORVETTE - STARTER - VALLEJO, CALIFORNIA

Abdul

7 years of experience
188 reviews
Abdul
7 years of experience
This was my first time using this company. I must say I was very satisfied with the service. Abdul was on time. Got my car running again. My starter was bad. I'm a very satisfied customer. I will definitely use this company again!
2004 CHEVROLET CLASSIC - STARTER - ATLANTA, GEORGIA

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