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Kia Optima Starter Motor Replacement

A starter motor replacement is a simple and affordable repair, though the cost will vary depending on the year, make, and model of your car.

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Kia Optima Starter Motor Replacement

RepairSmith offers upfront and competitive pricing. The average cost for Kia Optima Starter Motor Replacement is $339. Drop it off at our shop and pick it up a few hours later, or save time and have our Delivery mechanics come to you.

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Quoted to
Drop-off
Delivery
Price
2012 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
101,235 miles
Joleesa S  • 
November 3, 2020 11:51 PM  • 
Torrance CA 90503
$378
3.80  hrs
1.20  hrs
2015 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
98,000 miles
Pamela P  • 
October 31, 2020 8:59 PM  • 
Murrieta CA 92563
$322
3.30  hrs
1.10  hrs
2013 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
93,602 miles
Adalia T  • 
October 29, 2020 9:41 PM  • 
Irvine CA 92620
$366
0.80  hrs
1.20  hrs
2012 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
117,000 miles
Theresa T  • 
October 20, 2020 6:51 PM  • 
Chula Vista CA 91911
$378
2.60  hrs
0.90  hrs
2003 Kia Optima 2.7L V6 LX
128,237 miles
Douglas G  • 
October 1, 2020 9:00 PM  • 
Phoenix AZ 85043
$237
2.90  hrs
0.70  hrs
2015 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
30,000 miles
Wolfgang F  • 
September 21, 2020 5:49 PM  • 
Sacramento CA 95825
$294
1.80  hrs
1.00  hrs
2012 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
140,000 miles
Kevin B  • 
September 15, 2020 7:23 PM  • 
Scottsdale AZ 85254
$362
4.60  hrs
0.80  hrs
2004 Kia Optima 2.7L V6
360,000 miles
Richard M  • 
September 3, 2020 5:40 PM  • 
Menifee CA 92584
$237
1.60  hrs
0.60  hrs
2013 Kia Optima 2.0L L4 Turbo
88,875 miles
Natalie A  • 
September 2, 2020 6:53 PM  • 
El Monte CA 91731
$323
1.20  hrs
1.40  hrs
2007 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
175,000 miles
Dashay S  • 
August 31, 2020 9:40 PM  • 
Sacramento CA 95823
$274
1.60  hrs
1.10  hrs
2013 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
116,000 miles
Joavn H  • 
August 28, 2020 5:04 PM  • 
Oceanside CA 92054
$378
1.70  hrs
1.20  hrs
2014 Kia Optima 2.0L L4 Turbo SX Turbo
54,000 miles
Fernando C  • 
August 15, 2020 4:00 PM  • 
Chula Vista CA 91911
$403
2.60  hrs
1.10  hrs
2003 Kia Optima 2.7L V6
126,777 miles
Douglas G  • 
August 13, 2020 6:29 AM  • 
Phoenix AZ 85043
$261
4.30  hrs
0.80  hrs
2013 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
49,804 miles
Damian C  • 
July 31, 2020 2:16 AM  • 
Paramount CA 90723
$354
2.90  hrs
1.20  hrs
2006 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
135,000 miles
William T  • 
July 10, 2020 5:46 PM  • 
North Las Vegas NV 89032
$298
3.20  hrs
1.20  hrs
2013 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
93,000 miles
Phillip A  • 
July 6, 2020 7:02 PM  • 
Citrus Heights CA 95621
$382
4.50  hrs
0.90  hrs
2013 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
140,000 miles
Oscar R  • 
June 29, 2020 10:30 PM  • 
Los Angeles CA 90032
$378
1.90  hrs
1.20  hrs
2015 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
49,300 miles
William F  • 
June 29, 2020 2:38 PM  • 
Phoenix AZ 85022
$302
3.90  hrs
0.90  hrs
2013 Kia Optima
75,000 miles
James Z  • 
June 16, 2020 4:35 PM  • 
Altadena CA 91001
$290
4.70  hrs
1.00  hrs
2012 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
250,000 miles
Veronica P  • 
May 20, 2020 8:41 PM  • 
Ontario CA 91764
$378
3.20  hrs
0.90  hrs
2011 Kia Optima 2.4L L4 LX
130,000 miles
Natrice D  • 
May 18, 2020 11:00 AM  • 
Riverside CA 92507
$302
5.60  hrs
0.90  hrs
2012 Kia Optima
130,000 miles
Natrice D  • 
May 16, 2020 12:00 PM  • 
Riverside CA 92507
$302
4.10  hrs
1.30  hrs
2012 Kia Optima
115,000 miles
Monique R  • 
April 24, 2020 4:14 PM  • 
San Jose CA 95112
$338
2.10  hrs
0.90  hrs
2012 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
136,000 miles
Tammi H  • 
March 11, 2020 11:00 AM  • 
Mather CA 95655
$366
4.20  hrs
1.20  hrs
2014 Kia Optima LX
133,000 miles
Edgar L  • 
August 20, 2019 5:49 PM  • 
Torrance CA 90503
$451
5.90  hrs
1.40  hrs
2012 Kia Optima EX
88,000 miles
Gregory P  • 
August 12, 2019 1:00 PM  • 
Los Angeles CA 90026
$416
2.50  hrs
1.40  hrs
2015 Kia Optima
65,000 miles
Asia H  • 
 • 
Oakland CA 94606
$318
3.50  hrs
1.00  hrs
2012 Kia Optima 2.0L L4 Turbo SX
56,210 miles
Mattthew S  • 
 • 
Simi Valley CA 93065
$363
2.30  hrs
1.10  hrs
2015 Kia Optima 2.4L L4 LX
70,000 miles
Jesse W  • 
 • 
San Jose CA 95129
$298
4.90  hrs
0.90  hrs
2012 Kia Optima EX
10,000 miles
Barbara J  • 
 • 
Chino CA 91710
$302
2.50  hrs
1.10  hrs
2004 Kia Optima 2.4L L4 LX
150,000 miles
Hector B  • 
 • 
Corona CA 92882
$333
3.00  hrs
1.00  hrs
2013 Kia Optima 2.4L L4 LX
93,617 miles
Adalia T  • 
 • 
Irvine CA 92620
$460
3.80  hrs
1.10  hrs
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Nov 13, 2020 5:47 PM
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What is a Starter Motor?

Think of your car’s starter motor as the training wheels for the car’s engine. It helps get things going. The starter motor, in essence, is exceedingly simple. It’s just a small motor that’s used to help get your car’s much larger motor up and running. It’s powerful, despite its size, and electric. It can turn the car’s motor over at a pretty slow speed (around 200 revolutions per minute, whereas most cars idle just under 1,000), but that’s enough to get the motions going, the momentum flowing, and everything working. It’s a pretty cool and somewhat complex operation that I’m guessing you don’t really care about, so let’s do the quick and dirty version. When you turn key (or press the “ON” button) in your car, the starter motor is activated. It has a gear, called a pinion gear, which attaches to the engine’s flywheel. As the starter turns the engine follows suite, sucking in air and fuel, until it’s up and running at full speed. Starters get a lot of use. It’s not too rare for them to begin to malfunction and require replacement.
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Symptoms of a failing Starter Motor

Car won’t start

It’s right there in the name! The starter motor helps the car start. When the starter motor decides to call it a day, the car might not start any more. If the starter motor is fully dead, you won’t be able to start your car. If it’s only just malfunctioning, you might experience intermittent starting, as the car will sometimes turn on, and sometimes won’t. And yes, that is as frustrating as it sounds. If you’re experiencing intermittent starting, it could be do to some faulty wires going to the starter motor, rather than a starter motor that is dying.

Lights dim or music lowers upon start up

If there’s an electrical issue in the starter motor, then it may draw too much electrical current. That means that there won’t be enough electricity for other parts of your car when the starter motor is in use. So, if you’re sitting in your car with the lights on, or the music on, and then you turn on your car, watch the electrical components. If the lights dim or the music fades, it’s because electricity is being sapped from them as the starter motor heads into action. That could be a problem.

Funny noises

By now, you should probably know that your car shouldn’t make funny noises. A busted starter motor can cause two different weird noises. If the car won’t turn on, it may be due to the starter motor, as mentioned above. But it could also be due to other things, such as a drained battery. If you hear the car making a whining noise when it tries (but fails) to turn on, then that’s usually a good sign that it’s the starter motor. That noise is due to the starter motor spinning, without being attached to the flywheel. The second noise occurs if the car is running. It’s a grinding noise that you’ll hear as a result of the starter motor gear not disengaging after the car is up and fully running. The noise could also indicate damaged starter gear teeth.

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How urgent is a Starter Motor replacement?

Depends. Do you like being able to turn your car on? Okay, then. I think you know the answer here. Get your starter motor replaced asap if you want to continue driving your car.

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