The starter motor is designed to crank the engine until it starts. This is performed with a pinion gear which is connected to a fly wheel or a ring gear at the rear of the motor. A starter motor will require somewhere between 50-100 cranking AMPS to be energised and crank the motor. The start motor should last for at least 5-10 years but unfortunately they don’t.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR
A starter motor may start to create a high pitch when cranking. This is an indication that the ring gear is wearing out and needs to be attended to ASAP. Common problems with a starter motor component are breakdowns or a non start. Starter motors have components that make it reconditionable most of the time. A click is also another indication that the starter motor is failing to connect inside the internal mechanisms.
IS IT EXPENSIVE TO REPAIR?
Starters motors usually cost between $150.00-$200.00. A reduction type starter motor may cost from $150.00-$300.00 depending on the repairs.
TEMPORARY REPAIR AND LONG TERM REPLACEMENT
Starter motors can be repaired. Find a very good auto electrician as some will just replace the bare essentials while others will replace it completely. The option here is if the starter motor can be replaced with a new item for an extra $30.-$50.00 take the replacement option. As a new unit will come with a guarantee from the manufacturer. A reconditioned starter motor is only good provided that the auto electrician is reliable.