How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Starter Motor?

Ellie Dyer-Brown, 17 days ago

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A starter motor for a combustion engine

WhoCanFixMyCar reveals how much it costs on average to repair a starter motor.

The starter motor is an electric component that starts the engine when you turn the key in the ignition. It marks the beginning of a process that gets your car moving, so its importance can't be overstated.

Unfortunately, starter motors sometimes fail. This guide discusses how much you can expect to pay for a repair.

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Average starter motor repair price

What is a starter motor?


Average starter motor repair price

According to WhoCanFixMyCar's data, the average price of a starter motor repair or replacement is £308.88. As you can see from the table below, prices vary between different car manufacturers.

Car makeAverage price
Audi£385.66
BMW£335.02
Citroen£300.14
Ford£257.42
Mercedes£373.07
MINI£313.75
Nissan£293.38
Peugeot£305.33
Renault£296.87
Toyota£293.97
Vauxhall£314.06
Volkswagen£316.84

What is a starter motor?

The starter motor turns the engine over during ignition by providing lots of torque, creating the airflow needed for fuel combustion.

Starter motor car parts

When you turn the key in the ignition, power is sent to the ignition system to fire up the spark plugs and to a larger magnetic switch (solenoid), which sends power from the battery to the starter. When the electromagnet is engaged, the solenoid connects the windings in the starter to the thick battery cable to turn the electric motor. It also pushes a rod to engage a fork that pushes a pinion gear to engage the flywheel.

Starter problems often happen due to worn bearings, a faulty solenoid, broken armature winding insulation or worn commutator connections.


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