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Car Starter Not Working Service

How much does a Car Starter Repair cost?

Usually, the cost for replacing the car starter ranges from $300 to $600 varying on the vehicle. Commonly, domestic and Japanese vehicles are on the lower end of the scale while European vehicles can cost up to $1000 to replace the starter. Feel free to give us a call or request a quote online to get an exact price for your particular vehicle.

What is a Car Starter and how does it normally work?

In order to start the engine, the car starter is a powerful, compact electric motor that will turn a car’s engine over at about 200 RPM. The starter is at the terminus of a circuit which includes a neutral safety switch, the battery, the ignition switch, fuses and relays.

The starter circuit is completed and the starter will run when you turn the ignition key to start, or press the start button in some vehicles.

How to know when to replace the car starter?

Starters are relatively sturdy but most will eventually fail in one or more of the following ways:

  • Irregular operation of the starter. Starters can develop bad spots on the armature which will cause irregular operation. Sometimes, this causes the starter to work and other times nothing happens when you turn the key.
  • Starter turns too slowly. Internal mechanical and electrical faults can cause the starter to draw too much current and in some cases, the current drawn will surpass what the battery can supply. The engine may not start as rapidly as a result.
  • Unusual noises on starting. If you hear any type of grinding or other unusual noise while starting the engine, that must be inspected as the noise could indicate an internal starter failure or the noise could be a result of pinion gear failure or flywheel ring gear damage.
  • Starter doesn’t work when turning the key. The first symptom of a starter malfunction, in some cases, is a total failure of the starter motor. This occurs when you turn the ignition key to start the car, the starter motor does not work at all.

How do mechanics repair a starter not working?

  • The battery must be disconnected before beginning any work if the starter is determined to be faulty. Once the battery is disconnected, the wiring to the starter is disconnected.
  • Starters are fastened to the engine block or the transmission case. Usually, there are two bolts. The procedure to access the starter depends across car models and can entail removal, or lowering of other vehicle components.
  • 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 once the starter is removed and a new starter is installed.

Is it safe to drive with a car starter not working?

The starter is not in use once a vehicle engine is running. However, if you know that the starter is malfunctioning or working irregularly, you may found yourself stranded if you turn the engine off and the starter doesn’t work when restarting the engine. Should you suspect or know a problem with the starter, it is best to have the problem fixed to avoid being left stranded.

Car Starter Not Working Service Reviews

kade kade
kade kade
01:49 18 Sep 18
Professional and prompt service provided by Mo. It was also cost effective to fix my car starter when compared to a quote received from a full auto service store.
Robin Lauscher
Robin Lauscher
21:36 26 Jun 18
I was blown away by the knowledge and skill my MEK presented me with. My truck had power to all systems except the starter. I had tried banging it but it didn't go. When MyMek arrived he did a diagnostic before replacing the starter. The tests he did I had never seen. And thorough.Even if it meant crawling under the truck and back again for a small adjustment. In the end he saved me the cost of a starter. And I got a brand new battery. That was my problem. Not enough cranking amps. I was beyond happy and Alex is a rock star!!read more
Hazem Alsaadi
Hazem Alsaadi
14:32 05 Mar 18
The service and convenience are HEAVEN!!!My wife dripped off our kids at the arena for a hickey game. As she was parking, there were funny jerks. Thankfully she was able to park. But the car was not starting. She took the kids to the hockey game. While watching the game, she called instamek and left he keys at the information desk for the mechanic. 4 hours later after the warm up, the game, and dressing the kids, my wife and the kdis walked to the parking to the now fully functioning vehicle. Here is a list of what they did (skme of the work was elevtive as i had asked for it)1) diagnostics2) new sparks plus3) new engine starter4) changed engine oil5) 4 break pads and rotars6) my passenger head lamp (broken from before)7) new battery8) new beltMy wife didnt even meet the mechanic. She disnt even leave the arena. Everything was explained and oid for via the phone call. My next plan is to have my yearly tune ups done while I’m at costco, the gym, or work!!!Thanns guysread more
Lorne H
Lorne H
23:08 18 Mar 16
This was second time I used this service.. Local mech.. Has had a chance to impress me but failed many times. I. Tried these guys as I wanted to get into town to have another mech try to resolve issues.. So just wanted them to put in a starter... Had Jim out and he was on time...Diagnose the issue installed starter. Did a great job and fair price too. So asked to chk out the real problem.. Just see what he would say. He trouble shot the issues and got a quote... He can back a couple of days later... And I'm happy. Truck is running properly and will be calling them again. Thanks guysread more
Mathew Dorsey
Mathew Dorsey
17:41 22 Feb 16
I first learned about InstaMek on CTV News and I was skeptical about trying it out being a new concept and all. I wasn't sure how it would all work out but then one morning my 1997 Ford Mustang didn't start so I though I had nothing to lose and gave it a shot. I called their support line and spoke with Erik who was extremely helpful and he asked me a few questions and it seemed like the problem was my starter. The Mechanic who came to my house was name Adam and he seemed like a nice enough guy. He checked the car and confirmed that my starter was the issue and replaced it for me right there on the spot! The whole process took less than 4 hours before I was back in my car going down the road! I can definitely say my experience with InstaMek Calgary has been a positive experience!read more

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