01/02/2023 0 Comments
Starter Motors: All Your Questions Answered
For decades, we have been supplying our clients with a massive and ever-changing range of starter motors. Start motors are an essential part of an engine. However, despite their importance, we still get many questions about these pieces of kit. Therefore, for your convenience, we have compiled some of these more common questions below.
What is a Starter Motor?
A starter motor is an electric motor that is used to turn the engine of a vehicle over and start it. It is typically located near the flywheel or flexplate of the engine and is connected to the battery via a solenoid. When the key is turned, or the start button is pressed, the solenoid sends electrical power to the starter motor, which then turns the engine over. Once the engine starts running, the starter motor is disengaged, and the engine runs on its power. Starter motors are typically found in gasoline-powered vehicles and are not typically found in diesel-powered vehicles as they have a different starting system.
How much for a starter motor
The cost of a starter motor in Ireland can vary depending on the make and model of the vehicle, as well as the brand of the starter motor. However, on average, the cost of a starter motor in Ireland can range from €100 to €400. For example, on our online store, we sell the Pugeuot / Citroen HDI Starter Motor, which retails at €121.00 and the 24 Volt DAF 45/55 Starter Motor, which is available for €242.00.
How do you know when a starter motor needs to be replaced?
There are several signs that a starter motor may need to be replaced, such as:
The engine cranks but does not start: If the starter motor is not functioning correctly, the engine will not receive the necessary power to start.
Strange noises: A failing starter motor may make odd noises such as grinding or whining.
Difficulty starting: If the starter motor fails, it may take longer than usual for the engine to start or not start.
Warning lights or messages: Some cars have warning lights or messages that will come on the dashboard if the starter motor is having problems.
It's always best to consult a professional mechanic to get a proper diagnosis and repair if you suspect your starter motor is not working correctly.
How long does it take to replace the starter motor?
The time it takes to replace a starter motor can vary depending on the make and model of the vehicle, as well as the skill level of the person doing the replacement. However, on average, replacing a starter motor can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours.
It's important to note that replacing a starter motor usually involves removing other parts to access it, like exhaust systems, intake systems, transmission, and drive shafts. So, the time required could be longer depending on the location of the starter motor in the vehicle and the complexity of the task.
Still have questions about starter motors. Please see the descriptions on individual product pages or get in contact with our expert team today.