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What does a starter motor do?

The starter motor is the component responsible for turning over or ‘cranking’ the engine to start the car. Without a functioning starter motor, it’s not possible to start a car by using the ignition alone. The starter motor is a key component of a smooth running vehicle.

What are the symptoms of a malfunctioning starter motor?

Below is the top 3 symptoms that could indicate you need to replace your starter motor: If the 'Check Engine' warning light is on. When trying to start the car you hear a ‘clicking noise’. When trying to start the car you hear a grinding or whirring noise this may signify issues with your starter motor.

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How much does it cost to repair a starter motor?

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What happens when we do a starter motor replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will: Inspect the starter motor and the parts around it for any potential issues. Perform a diagnostic test on the starter motor system. Replace the starter motor (if necessary) Advise you if any other parts need to be replaced as well.


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What does a starter motor do?

The starter motor is the component responsible for turning over or ‘cranking’ the engine to start the car. Without a functioning starter motor, it’s not possible to start a car by using the ignition alone. The starter motor is a key component of a smooth running vehicle.

What are the symptoms of a malfunctioning starter motor?

Below is the top 3 symptoms that could indicate you need to replace your starter motor: If the 'Check Engine' warning light is on. When trying to start the car you hear a ‘clicking noise’. When trying to start the car you hear a grinding or whirring noise this may signify issues with your starter motor.

View more symptomsView more symptoms

How much does it cost to repair a starter motor?

Save up to 30% on your starter motor replacement. See our table below to browse our honest, upfront prices.

What happens when we do a starter motor replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will: Inspect the starter motor and the parts around it for any potential issues. Perform a diagnostic test on the starter motor system. Replace the starter motor (if necessary) Advise you if any other parts need to be replaced as well.


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Daniel, from London

Hey Fixter, hey Fixter, how often should you replace your Starter Motor?

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How much does starter motor replacement cost?

How much does starter motor replacement cost?

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A typical starter motor replacement in the UK costs around £303.80 - £325.50. Depending on your car brand, model and engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a starter motor replacement on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We have computed prices for some of the best-selling cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much the starter motor replacement should cost.

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Jeep Patriot

1.6 litres

£381.98 £313.1018%

BMW 1602

1.6 litres

£372.59 £313.1016%

Jaguar Xj6-series-iii

1.6 litres

£380.43 £322.4015%

Landrover Range-rover-sport

1.6 litres

£400.37 £325.5019%

Honda Civic

1.6 litres

£362.70 £310.0015%

Audi 100-quattro

1.6 litres

£370.39 £319.3014%

Lexus Sc

1.6 litres

£352.94 £306.9013%

Skoda Roomster

1.6 litres

£352.41 £303.8014%

Vauxhall Diplomat-a

1.6 litres

£367.60 £303.8017%

Toyota Verso-sportsvan

1.6 litres

£389.55 £319.3018%

BMW 1602

1.6 litres

£372.59 £313.1016%

Jeep Patriot

1.6 litres

£381.98 £313.1018%

Landrover Range-rover-sport

1.6 litres

£400.37 £325.5019%

Audi 100-quattro

1.6 litres

£370.39 £319.3014%

Skoda Roomster

1.6 litres

£352.41 £303.8014%
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Identical to your manufacturer’s, but much cheaper!

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Want to learn more about starter motor replacement?

Want to learn more about starter motor replacement?

What does the starter motor do?

The starter motor is responsible for the first turn of your engine when you turn the key in the ignition. To provide enough torque to get the engine started, it needs to be a heavy-duty electrical motor. It draws its power from your battery, so if your car doesn't start, it's not always the fault of the starter motor.

How long does it take to replace a starter motor?

Replacing a starter motor typically takes between two and four hours. They're not always the easiest component to access, so in some cars, it can take a little longer than you'd initially expect.

What are the symptoms of a bad starter? What does a dead starter sound like?

The most obvious failing of a starter motor is when you turn the key in the ignition, and nothing happens. Another sign is hearing a single click, which is the solenoid firing, but the motor fails to turn. If you hear multiple clicks, it's more likely to be an issue with your battery, and not your starter motor.

What causes a starter to fail?

The easiest issue to fix is a loose or corroded wiring connection. If that's not your problem, it could be anything from the internal windings, bad brushes, gears sticking or failing to engage. There's always a chance that it's one of the other electrical components failing. If the starter stays on, even when the engine starts, it sounds like your solenoid is sticking.

Can you jump a car with a bad starter?

Generally, jumpstarting is a temporary solution to get a car with run down or flat battery started. If you're jumpstarting your car by pushing it down the road before engaging the engine, there is a chance it will get the car started.

If you're jumping your car with cables connecting to another car's battery, it's unlikely to make any difference. It depends what's wrong with your starter motor, as to whether or not jumping your car from another battery will make any difference.

Can you replace a starter yourself?

If you're a fairly competent DIY mechanic, then replacing a starter motor is a job you can take on yourself. It's simply a case of replacing old for new, but as with any electrical replacement, be sure to disconnect the battery before you start anything.

My car will not start. How can I tell if it's the battery, alternator or the starter?

If you turn the ignition key and nothing, or not much happens, it's either your battery or alternator. Turn on the headlights; if they're nice and bright, it's probably not your battery.

If your car struggles to start but tries to turn over, it's likely a battery or alternator issue. Remove the negative battery cable while the engine is running, and if the engine dies, it suggests that your alternator isn't working correctly.

How long should a car starter last?

One suggested rule of thumb is around 100k to 150k miles. That said, it really depends on the type of driving your car typically performs. A lot of city and stop-start driving will demand far more use from your battery and starter; where long-distance driving requires a lot less from those components over the same mileage.

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