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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 Toyota Land Cruiser $607 $254.75 $351.95 16% $727.75
2011 Honda Accord $423 $279.33 $143.98 10% $472.83
2015 Kia Soul $353 $248.64 $103.98 9% $388.39
2014 Mercedes-Benz GL550 $756 $676.33 $79.99 3% $783.83
2015 Lincoln MKS $299 $219.09 $79.99 8% $326.59
2014 Porsche Cayman $1043 $850.84 $191.97 5% $1108.84

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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

25 years of experience
480 reviews
Joseph
25 years of experience
Lexus RX330 - Car Starter Repair - Houston, Texas
Joseph arrived before time and took care of the issue less than the suggest time to correct the problem. Very friendly and confident in his skill level. I would request Joseph for future car concerns and recommend him to others.
Nissan Xterra - Car Starter Repair - Richmond, Texas
very nice guy; he actually came sooner than expected and the repair was precise and fast. I will defenitely use your service again.

Chris

18 years of experience
389 reviews
Chris
18 years of experience
Subaru Outback - Starter - Portland, Oregon
Turns out the previous Your Mechanic had incorrectly installed a replacement starter. Chris ID’d the problem ASAP and had me up & running quickly.

Travis

11 years of experience
300 reviews
Travis
11 years of experience
Acura TL - Starter - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Came early and worked in the rain to get my car up and running for me. If there were 6 stars that would be my rating! A+++

Eduardo

17 years of experience
318 reviews
Eduardo
17 years of experience
GMC Canyon - Starter - Alvin, Texas
He was very efficient .I usually did my own mechanic work, but I could not figure out how to replace the starter on my 2006 GMC Canyon. It looked like an impossible task without removing half the engine. He was able to get it out and replaced without removing anything but a tire. Very impressed! He also took care of a problem I did not know I had.

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