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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
2005 GMC Sierra 1500 HD $296 $226.18 $70.00 11% $333.68
2007 Toyota Tundra $725 $269.72 $455.00 25% $968.47
2014 Kia Optima $274 $203.98 $70.00 12% $311.48
2011 Audi A3 Quattro $304 $219.92 $84.00 12% $348.92
2004 Infiniti G35 $253 $182.98 $70.00 12% $290.48
2010 Audi S5 $835 $673.95 $161.00 9% $921.20

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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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Theodore

Theodore

13 years of experience
814 reviews
Theodore
13 years of experience
This was our first time using YourMechanic and Theodore was the perfect mechanic to work on our car. He was professional from the beginning to the end. Helped us out with noticing extra items that could be fixed. He took the time to answer a few questions I had that did not have anything to do with the job at hand and I truly appreciated this. Our job was finished on time. Thanks again Theodore!
2005 ACURA TSX - STARTER - KIRKLAND, WASHINGTON
Edmar

Edmar

19 years of experience
53 reviews
Edmar
19 years of experience
Very knowledgeable and very nice.
2006 TOYOTA TACOMA - STARTER - CARROLLTON, TEXAS
Grzegorz

Grzegorz

38 years of experience
440 reviews
Grzegorz
38 years of experience
Greg is a boss. Took care of things when I didn't have the bandwidth to deal. And the one review he got that wasn't good was BS. Good dude, and honest. Overall great situation.
2004 BMW X3 - STARTER - SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Maxwell

Maxwell

15 years of experience
389 reviews
Maxwell
15 years of experience
Max is excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly. I have already recommended him to family and friends. Thanks Max!
1983 CHEVROLET C10 - STARTER - MONTGOMERY, TEXAS

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