Can I buy and replace my own car starter?
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June 17, 2019 / By Butch Question:
I own a '95 Toyota Camry in poor condition. It needs a new starter, which is around $300 for the part and labor. Autozone sells starters for $130. So, my question is can I buy the piece and safely and efficiently install the starter in my car by following written directions?!? Or if I buy the piece from autozone will they replace it for me? I know they do the courtesy of replacing other parts for their customers.
Thank you all answerers so far! I'm a pretty smart person and my boyfriend is good with directions and stuff like that. I'm thinking we could do it. I will definitely look for that manual.
Best Answers: Can I buy and replace my own car starter?
Aldred | 6 days ago
Yeah you can replace it, A starter aint that hard to replace really. You do need a basic set of tools. 3/8" drive ratchet and metric sockets
You need a set of drive on ramps $35 or so
Or a good jack and a set of jackstands
Do not truth your life to a rubber seal in a jack holding car up as you lay under it.
Also not trust your life to some bricks or blocks holding the car up.
Buy a $20 repair manual for your car when you buy the starter.
If you think you will get confused on the wires or something. Take good clear digital pictures of the parts before you remove them
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Originally Answered: Starter problem?
Sounds as if you have a loose alternator belt. The reason that it screeches when you first start the car is because it is under heavy demand to produce voltage after the starter draw. It should be a simple fix. Worst case scenario is that you have to replace belt
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Can I buy and replace my own car starter?
I own a '95 Toyota Camry in poor condition. It needs a new starter, which is around $300 for the part and labor. Autozone sells starters for $130. So, my question is can I buy the piece and safely and efficiently install the starter in my car by following written directions?!? Or if I buy the...
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A person with average intellect can do the job with directions and the right tools.
But that does not make it easy.
Sign up at auto-zone to create an account, then look to see if the manual is on line for this car. Read what needs to be done and then go look under the hood to see how easy it is to get your hands in there.
Some starters are easy, they can be done from on top. Provided you learn how to see by touch.
Good luck, the first time of getting your hands greasy is always the hardest.
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Autozone is unlikely to replace your starter for you, unless you work something out with one of their employees 'under the table'. Replacing a starter isn't a terribly difficult thing to do in general. Buy a Haynes manual for your car and see how difficult it is. You may need to buy a few tools, but it will still cost less than having a shop do it. And you get to keep the tools, plus you'll learn something out of it. I say go for it.
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Yes, you can buy and replace it. If you want a more cheaper car starter, try to search into other sources in the there. There are other shops in the net or in your area that can offer you good quality car parts. Try to see it up!
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Originally Answered: Can a car develop a bad starter from just sitting around?
It makes no difference whether the car is sitting around or if you use it on a daily basis. A starter is basically an electric motor with a part called a Bendix, a spring loaded sprocket that shoots forward and then spins typically against the transmission's flywheel.
Look at the left side of this picture, this is the starter, where the starter tapers off and there is an opening you can see a sprocket, this is the Bendix
The Bendix stays in the forward position, turning the engine as long as you hold the key in the "start" position, and retreats once you let go of the key and it's spring loaded mechanism puts it in the normal position.
What happens often is that the Bendix fails and does not "activate" that's when you hear a whirring noise, the starter itself turns, i.e. the motor part but the Bendix does not activate. Sometimes this is caused by a Bendix sprocket becoming (or a transmission flywheel) worn, so the motor just spins.
I had it happen to me that the starter became lose, I was never able to figure out how since it was factory installed, but in any case the unit was just lose and after tightening the bolts it worked again for a couple of years.
You can take the starter out and take it to an Auto Zone and they will test it, if it is in fact the Bendix you can buy a rebuilt starter for around $60-$100, if on the other hand everything with the starter is fine, you have bigger problems and it could be related to the transmission's flywheel.