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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

Shelby Gupta
Shelby Gupta
20:03 28 Oct 20
Was stuck with a car that wouldn’t start and a 10 day wait for service at the dealership. But then... I found Instamek! Grant was at my house replacing the starter on my car within 3 hours of booking! He showed up on time, was courteous and friendly, and had that car up and running quickly. Instamek has made my life so much simpler now. What a game changer! Thanks again Grant!
Iain Rogers
Iain Rogers
22:36 27 May 20
My truck wouldn't start, and I knew it wasn't the battery. Booked an appointment online and the mechanic showed up quickly. He diagnosed the problem quickly and correctly, gave a fair quote right on the spot and explained everything. My starter was replaced and I'm back in business. I can't recommend highly enough. Also, definitely go for Instamek PRIME. It got me a good discount on my repair... and now I get maintenance service calls, and roadside assistance.read more
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.
L H
L 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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