How Much Does Car Starter Repair Cost?

Engine Related Issues

By Rodney (Mechanics)

The starter motor is a small but powerful electric motor that spins the car’s engine at about 200 RPM to make it start. The starter is connected to a circuit that includes the battery, the ignition switch, a neutral safety switch, relays and fuses.

When you turn the key to start the engine, or push the start button in some cars, the circuit is activated and the starter runs. Most starters have a tiny pinion gear that connects to a bigger ring gear on the flywheel when the starter is on. The pinion gear rotates the engine flywheel at about 200 RPM. This makes the crankshaft and all the engine parts move together and the engine begins.

Car Starter Repair Pricing for Various Cars

When do you need to replace the starter?

Starters can last a long time but they can also fail in different ways:

  • The starter works only sometimes. The starter can have bad spots on the armature that make it work intermittently. This means the starter will work sometimes and other times nothing will happen when you turn the key.
  • The starter spins too slowly. The starter can have internal problems that make it use too much current and sometimes the current can be more than the battery can give. This can make the engine start slower than usual.
  • The starter makes strange noises. If you hear any grinding or other weird noise when you start the engine, you should check it out because the noise could mean the starter is damaged or the pinion gear or the flywheel ring gear are broken.
  • The starter does nothing when you turn the key. Sometimes, the first sign of a bad starter is that the starter motor does not work at all. This happens when you turn the key to start the car and the starter motor does not spin.

How Much Does Car Starter Repair Cost

How do mechanics fix the starter?

  • If the mechanic finds out that the starter is bad, they have to disconnect the battery before doing any work. After the battery is disconnected, they disconnect the wires to the starter.
  • The starter is attached to the engine block or the transmission case with two bolts. The way to get to the starter is different for different cars and sometimes they have to remove or lower other parts of the car.
  • After the starter is taken out and a new one is put in, the bolts are tightened to the right amount according to the car maker, the wires are cleaned and reconnected to the starter and the mechanic tests the starter to make sure it works.

Is it OK to drive with a starter problem?

When the car engine is running, the starter is not used. But if you know that the starter is not working well or sometimes does not work, you might get stuck if you turn off the engine and the starter does not work when you try to start it again. If you suspect the starter is faulty, then, please, take care of it and do not wind up being stuck by the roadside.

FAQs

So how does the starter motor work?

  • The starter motor is a very small, but at the same time quite powerful electric motor. It spins the car engine at about 200 RPM so that it starts up.

How can we identify a damaged starter?

  • The warning signs that you have a bad starter include: sometimes the starter runs, it doesn’t spin very quickly enough, it makes unusual noises, or, when you turn the key, the starter starts nothing.

What do you replace starters with?

  • To replace a starter you have to disconnecting the battery, disconnect the wires from starter, pull the starter from engine block or transmission case, install a new starter, reconnecting the wires and the battery, and test the starter.

Can you drive safely if your starter is bad?

  • The answer is no because if you switch off the engine at some point and the starter is not working when you try to re-start the engine again.