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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM – Starter motor

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PURPOSE
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.

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