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Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What is a starter motor?

A starter motor is a heavy duty electric motor that has enough torque to turn the engine in order for it to start, it is powered by the car's battery. The basic concept is that when an electrical current is passed through coiled wires of the armature it reacts against the magnetic plates on the housing and spins it around.

What does a starter motor replacement involve?

Depending on the vehicle and the circumstances, the mechanic will carry out some or all the following

  • Mechanic will inspect the starter motor terminals and electrics of the ignition system.
  • Mechanic will subject the starter motor to voltage test.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the starter motor.
  • Mechanic will advise if any other parts need to be replaced.
  • Mechanic will start the engine to establish whether the starter motor works correctly.

Can I replace a starter motor myself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend a starter motor replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

What are the symptoms of a bad starter on a car?

  • When you turn the key or press the button to start the engine, nothing happens!
  • When you do try to start it, knowing the battery is good, you may hear a single click from the starter motor, which is the solenoid firing, but there is no rotation.
  • Providing the battery is in known to be in good condition, it is the next obvious point of a vehicle failing to turn over.
  • Please do note though, if you hear a rapid clicking, that is more likely to be the battery not having enough power to actually turn the motor, but enough to keep firing the solenoid, in which case it's the battery that is faulty or discharged.
  • When the battery is known to be in good condition but the engine is very laborious when turning over.

How long does it take to replace a starter?

On average a starter motor replacement will usually take around 1 hours, but can take anywhere from under 1 to 2.5 hours. The time that the job takes will depend on a range of factors. For example, your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often should starter motor need to be replaced?

It is likely a vehicle will need a new starter motor at least once in its lifetime. Of course if it fails it needs replacing, otherwise you will be push starting the vehicle each time you want to use it.

If you notice that the engine is struggling to turn over though and you know the battery is in good condition and charge, then sooner rather than later is better to replace the tired old starter motor before it leaves you stranded.

How do you know if your starter motor is broken?

There are a number of symptoms that will tell you whether the starter motor is broken. The most obvious one being when you turn the key or press the button to start the engine and nothing happens.

Can I still drive with a faulty starter motor?

If you suspect there is any issue with your starter motor or if there are concerns about its age or condition, book an inspection with a professional mechanic immediate effect. The starter motor may still start the car but if its malfunctioning or only intermittently works there is of course a real risk it will leave you stranded on a journey at some point. It's best to get it checked and let a mechanic verify the problem as soon as possible.

How much does it cost to replace a starter motor?

Cost for a starter motor repair is on average £225, with prices ranging from £160 to £325. Ultimately, the cost depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your starter motor replaced by ClickMechanic by selecting your car at the top of this page

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56 manufacturers for Starter Motor Repair

Name Clickmechanic Click mechanic average Independent garage estimate Franchise dealer estimate

Alfa Romeo

Parts costs: £155.99 - £441.08

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 365

£326

£205 - £444

£285 - £593

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Audi

Parts costs: £179.99 - £404.15

Labour time: 0-3 hours

# of quotes: 3950

£347

£229 - £457

£314 - £643

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Austin

Parts costs: £99.02 - £247.69

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 16

£170

£143 - £255

£206 - £345

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Bentley

Parts costs: £187.56 - £372.24

Labour time: 0-4 hours

# of quotes: 12

£363

£234 - £505

£317 - £760

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BMW

Parts costs: £156.79 - £375.15

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 6520

£316

£206 - £414

£286 - £576

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Cadillac

Parts costs: £134.39 - £161.27

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1

£199

£200 - £200

£292 - £292

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Chevrolet

Parts costs: £210.13 - £516.93

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 421

£364

£237 - £480

£307 - £615

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Chrysler

Parts costs: £193.36 - £344.83

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 620

£297

£221 - £336

£286 - £443

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Citroen

Parts costs: £132.62 - £335.74

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 5383

£258

£182 - £362

£257 - £499

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Dacia

Parts costs: £120.79 - £271.25

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 134

£225

£181 - £291

£264 - £402

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Daewoo

Parts costs: £121.11 - £434.14

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 29

£273

£170 - £411

£243 - £532

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Daihatsu

Parts costs: £151.95 - £401.21

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 60

£284

£195 - £390

£269 - £511

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Dodge

Parts costs: £175.99 - £439.70

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 158

£333

£222 - £415

£302 - £537

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DS

Parts costs: £287.25 - £522.61

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 2

£414

£345 - £518

£459 - £686

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Ferrari

Parts costs: £255.47 - £306.56

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1

£316

£318 - £318

£432 - £432

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Fiat

Parts costs: £158.39 - £373.63

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 3659

£277

£207 - £374

£288 - £499

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Ford

Parts costs: £144.94 - £353.02

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 17521

£259

£194 - £343

£272 - £451

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Honda

Parts costs: £207.99 - £506.26

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 1676

£375

£257 - £493

£347 - £648

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Hyundai

Parts costs: £137.59 - £353.99

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 1660

£272

£181 - £344

£252 - £452

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Infiniti

Parts costs: £237.02 - £352.80

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 3

£309

£286 - £343

£382 - £451

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Isuzu

Parts costs: £322.10 - £459.27

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 20

£392

£376 - £437

£493 - £568

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Iveco

Parts costs: £262.51 - £388.03

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 96

£340

£301 - £372

£391 - £486

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Jaguar

Parts costs: £180.15 - £345.53

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 956

£290

£229 - £337

£314 - £443

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Jeep

Parts costs: £186.56 - £481.26

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 321

£349

£236 - £488

£322 - £655

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Kia

Parts costs: £172.92 - £383.48

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 1198

£285

£211 - £369

£284 - £481

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Lancia

Parts costs: £217.31 - £260.77

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 1

£282

£303 - £303

£432 - £432

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Land Rover

Parts costs: £231.78 - £506.26

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 2178

£375

£281 - £476

£376 - £615

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LDV

Parts costs: £178.83 - £297.21

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 231

£258

£205 - £297

£267 - £395

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Lexus

Parts costs: £207.09 - £459.27

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 218

£348

£256 - £447

£346 - £587

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London Taxi's International

Parts costs: £295.99 - £355.19

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 2

£344

£345 - £345

£453 - £453

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Lotus

Parts costs: £141.22 - £169.46

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 2

£180

£190 - £190

£267 - £267

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Maserati

Parts costs: £194.44 - £739.49

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 7

£420

£244 - £694

£331 - £895

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Mazda

Parts costs: £181.72 - £412.29

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 934

£306

£225 - £393

£305 - £510

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Mercedes-Benz

Parts costs: £159.04 - £410.72

Labour time: 0-3 hours

# of quotes: 4320

£357

£208 - £495

£289 - £715

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MG

Parts costs: £139.43 - £287.96

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 193

£242

£183 - £305

£254 - £418

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MINI

Parts costs: £147.88 - £312.24

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 865

£277

£197 - £342

£275 - £475

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Mitsubishi

Parts costs: £181.19 - £391.82

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 518

£297

£230 - £376

£315 - £490

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Nissan

Parts costs: £175.96 - £380.98

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 3013

£294

£225 - £367

£309 - £479

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Perodua

Parts costs: £143.99 - £178.55

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 4

£191

£193 - £198

£271 - £276

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Peugeot

Parts costs: £135.99 - £326.39

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 7695

£263

£185 - £354

£261 - £489

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Peugeot Talbot

Parts costs: £182.64 - £312.23

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 19

£276

£225 - £347

£304 - £486

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Porsche

Parts costs: £238.43 - £423.19

Labour time: 1-2 hours

# of quotes: 148

£372

£301 - £445

£411 - £607

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Proton

Parts costs: £122.75 - £183.64

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 21

£184

£170 - £202

£242 - £281

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Renault

Parts costs: £136.83 - £357.70

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 5923

£294

£186 - £407

£262 - £575

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Rover

Parts costs: £116.01 - £403.19

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 321

£268

£149 - £385

£204 - £501

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Saab

Parts costs: £147.99 - £442.60

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 472

£297

£197 - £434

£275 - £573

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SEAT

Parts costs: £151.19 - £332.70

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 1002

£260

£200 - £326

£279 - £430

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Skoda

Parts costs: £157.59 - £340.79

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 780

£270

£207 - £333

£287 - £439

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Smart

Parts costs: £159.19 - £314.36

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 402

£295

£208 - £371

£289 - £532

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Ssangyong

Parts costs: £161.99 - £407.99

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 33

£273

£190 - £389

£251 - £506

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Subaru

Parts costs: £213.99 - £331.19

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 81

£286

£230 - £325

£289 - £429

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Suzuki

Parts costs: £133.64 - £238.75

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 582

£220

£183 - £259

£258 - £358

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Toyota

Parts costs: £167.95 - £381.43

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 3336

£288

£217 - £367

£299 - £479

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Vauxhall

Parts costs: £134.41 - £316.79

Labour time: 0-2 hours

# of quotes: 13323

£262

£183 - £324

£259 - £436

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Volkswagen

Parts costs: £171.88 - £368.32

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 6800

£299

£221 - £361

£304 - £477

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Volvo

Parts costs: £163.99 - £355.82

Labour time: 0-1 hours

# of quotes: 1146

£266

£202 - £346

£273 - £454

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Recent Starter Motor repair quotes

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£164.32

Starter motor replacement

Peugeot 207
Cheltenham
£202.96

Starter motor replacement

Vauxhall Astra
London
£165.46

Starter motor replacement

Peugeot 107
Birmingham
£213.86

Starter motor replacement

Audi A4 Avant
Birmingham