Believe it or not, repairing a starter motor on a car is not that difficult. In fact, it’s pretty much a standard procedure for mechanics. And when you do have to repair one, don’t be surprised if the bill comes in at around $200 or more. So what is causing these expensive repairs? In this blog post, we will explore the various causes of starter problems and how you can prevent them from happening in the first place. From failed parts to contaminated oils, read on to learn everything you need to know about fixing your starter motor.
What to look for when fixing a starter
If your starter is not starting your car, there are a few things you can do to try and fix it. The most common reason for a failed starter is dirty or clogged contacts in the motor. You can clean these contacts with a small brush and carburetor cleaner, or replace the starter if it’s simply worn out. If the problem still persists, you may need to replace the entire motor.
Tools you’ll need
To fix a starter, you’ll need the following tools: a screwdriver, a socket wrench, a wire brush, and a bottle of lubricant. To replace the starter motor, you’ll also need the following tools: a new motor, an electrician’s crimping tool (or equivalent), and a screwdriver.
How to fix a starter
If your car has a starter, you will need to replace it. A new starter costs around $50, and the repair can take around an hour. Here are instructions on how to fix a starter:
1. Remove the battery cables. This is easiest if you have a flat-head screwdriver and a socket wrench.Find the two small screws that secure the battery cover to the car body. Remove them with your screwdriver and socket wrench.
2. Disconnect the negative cable from the battery (it’s usually yellow or black).
3. Loosen the bolts that hold on the starter motor (usually one near each corner of the motor). Be careful not to drop these bolts into the engine! Once they’re loose, slide them off of their mounting plates. You’ll also want to disconnect any electrical connectors attached to them (these are usually red or black wires). Finally, pull out the motor itself.
4. Clean all of the dirty parts of the motor with rubbing alcohol or brake cleaner before re-installing it in its casing (make sure you get all of the old lubricant off!). Screw it back in place using new bolts, connect all of the electrical connectors, and tighten them up snugly. Replace the battery cover and screws, and you’re done!
If your starter isn’t starting, there are a few things you can do to try and fix the issue. First, check the battery connections—make sure they’re clean and tight. Next, make sure the ground wire is connected to the engine block (or body) solidly. If neither of these fixes work, you might need to replace your starter. Depending on the model of car you have and where it’s located, starters can cost anywhere from $50 to $250 or more. Before making any decisions about fixing your starter, be sure to consult with a mechanic or dealership in order not to void your warranty or damage your car in the process.