Ever hop into your junk car only to discover that your car won't start? When that usually happens, it's the fault of something within the engine or around the engine that's stopping the engine from functioning properly. In most, if not all, cases, anything that negatively impacts the engine, well, stops the engine from working properly.
Wear and tear of the engine makes a difference on the car starter
One system that's involved with your engine is your car's electrical system. Most of the components, in fact, are located right near the engine, where they're constantly subjected to temperature fluctuations that wear down the components that reside within your engine's housing. One of the most important electrical components that reside within that housing is your car's starter.
Car starters are one of the many components within the engine's housing that get put through a lot of temperature fluctuations and the exertion involved with the starter having to turn your car's crankshaft... every single time you start it. So, when your car starter finally gives in to the pressure, you'll have to replace it. And, since the car starter deals with a lot of pressure in the first place, replacing that car starter happens often.
Replacing your car starter
If your car won't start and your engine isn't the problem, you'll have to get your car starter replaced after all. There's good news, though.
When you need to replace your car starter, you rarely need to replace anything else—if there's anything else to fix. So, if you have a non-working car starter, you'll just have to, well get a new one installed.
You car starter will usually exhibit signs before it completely fails. One of the most common signs involves that tell-tale grinding noise. Car starters are known to make a grinding sound when it's starting to deteriorate.
A weak car starter can't use enough torque to turn the crankshaft of your car engine, since its components pretty much can't grip the bendix gear it uses to turn the crankshaft. Instead, it makes the bendix gear fall off, causing the gear to grind against its flywheel's ring gear. And, believe it or not, that process causes more damage than most think it does.
What is the average cost to replace a car starter?
If you hear your car starter when you attempt to turn on your car, it's time to replace it. Though, you're probably wondering, 'how much will it cost to replace such an essential part of my car?'
To start, the average cost of a car starter replacement may factor in the cost of a tow service to take your car to a repair shop. After that, you have to consider the costs of the repair itself, since this job is pretty much suited for a mechanic. So, the average costs typically run about $400 to $500, depending on your area.
If your starter doesn't need a new ring gear, you likely don't have to pay much. The starter itself can cost anywhere from as low as $50 to as much as $100, typically based on the model and year of your car. The cost to repair it will add another few hundred dollars, making the entire job total about $200 to $350.
If you do need a new ring gear, you might need to pay more, usually adding as much as $200 dollars more to the total price. This usually involves not only the replacement of the starter, but the replacement of the entire flywheel itself.
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