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Kia Optima Starter Replacement

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Kia Optima

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2004 Kia Optima 2.7L V6
360,000 miles
Richard M  • 
September 3, 2020 5:40 PM  • 
Menifee CA 92584
1.70  hrs
0.90  hrs
2013 Kia Optima 2.0L L4 Turbo
88,875 miles
Natalie A  • 
September 2, 2020 6:53 PM  • 
El Monte CA 91731
5.80  hrs
1.30  hrs
2007 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
175,000 miles
Dashay S  • 
August 31, 2020 9:40 PM  • 
Sacramento CA 95823
4.20  hrs
0.80  hrs
2013 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
116,000 miles
Joavn H  • 
August 28, 2020 5:04 PM  • 
Oceanside CA 92054
5.10  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
3.10  hrs
1.10  hrs
2003 Kia Optima 2.7L V6
126,777 miles
Douglas G  • 
August 13, 2020 6:29 AM  • 
Phoenix AZ 85043
2.30  hrs
0.90  hrs
2013 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
49,804 miles
Damian C  • 
July 31, 2020 2:16 AM  • 
Paramount CA 90723
5.20  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
1.50  hrs
1.30  hrs
2013 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
93,000 miles
Phillip A  • 
July 6, 2020 7:02 PM  • 
Citrus Heights CA 95621
1.50  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
3.70  hrs
1.10  hrs
2015 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
49,300 miles
William F  • 
June 29, 2020 2:38 PM  • 
Phoenix AZ 85022
3.50  hrs
1.00  hrs
2013 Kia Optima
75,000 miles
James Z  • 
June 16, 2020 4:35 PM  • 
Altadena CA 91001
2.40  hrs
1.00  hrs
2012 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
250,000 miles
Veronica P  • 
May 20, 2020 8:41 PM  • 
Ontario CA 91764
1.30  hrs
1.00  hrs
2011 Kia Optima 2.4L L4 LX
130,000 miles
Natrice D  • 
May 18, 2020 11:00 AM  • 
Riverside CA 92507
4.10  hrs
1.30  hrs
2012 Kia Optima
130,000 miles
Natrice D  • 
May 16, 2020 12:00 PM  • 
Riverside CA 92507
2.00  hrs
1.10  hrs
2012 Kia Optima
115,000 miles
Monique R  • 
April 24, 2020 4:14 PM  • 
San Jose CA 95112
5.10  hrs
0.80  hrs
2012 Kia Optima 2.4L L4
136,000 miles
Tammi H  • 
March 11, 2020 11:00 AM  • 
Mather CA 95655
2.00  hrs
1.10  hrs
2014 Kia Optima LX
133,000 miles
Edgar L  • 
August 20, 2019 5:49 PM  • 
Torrance CA 90503
2.60  hrs
1.30  hrs
2012 Kia Optima EX
88,000 miles
Gregory P  • 
August 12, 2019 1:00 PM  • 
Los Angeles CA 90026
3.20  hrs
1.50  hrs
2015 Kia Optima
65,000 miles
Asia H  • 
Oakland CA 94606
2.60  hrs
1.10  hrs
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Sep 11, 2020 3:48 PM
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What is a Starter?

The starter helps the car start. It’s really that simple. It’s a small motor (and, as a result, it’s often called the starter motor), that is responsible for getting your car’s primary motor off and running.

It’s actually a fairly simple device. While the starter is small, it’s quite powerful. 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 all that is needed to get the motions in your car’s engine going, so that the car can turn on.

It’s a pretty cool and somewhat complex operation that I’m guessing you don’t really care about, so here’s the basic 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.

As for power, the starter gets its juice from the battery. Which is why your car won’t turn on if the battery dies, because the starter has no way of doing its business.

It probably goes without saying that your starter gets a lot of use. Every time you use your car, the starter motor has to spring into action. And since it gets used so much, it can wear down rather easily, at which point it will need to be replaced.

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Symptoms of a failing Starter

Your car won’t start or engine cranks slowly

Did you really need me to tell you this one? The name is right there, and I just explained it. The starter helps the car start. Without a starter, the car can’t start. Do the math. If the starter motor is fully dead, you won’t be able to start your car. End of story. But if the starter is just starting to die, and kind of hanging on to life, then you might experience intermittent starting. The car will sometimes turn on, and sometimes won’t. Not ideal, especially if you’re trying to get somewhere on time. It’s also worth noting that if you’re experiencing intermittent starting, it could be due to some faulty wiring in the electrical system, rather than the motor itself. Or, of course, it could be a battery issue.

Funny noises

This shouldn’t be news to you: your car shouldn’t be making weird noises. If it is, then you’ve likely got an issue on your hands. There are two noises associated with failing starters. If the car won’t turn on, it may be due to the starter motor, as mentioned above. If the car is whining when you try (but fail) to turn it on, then that’s a sure sign that the starter is busted. That noise is due to the starter motor spinning, without being attached to the flywheel. If the car isn’t making that noise, but still won’t turn on, then the issue is likely from something else. If your car is makes a grinding noise when it’s first started, then that also may be the starter. That’s the sound of the starter gear failing to disengage once its work has been done.

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How urgent is a Starter replacement?

The urgency of a starter replacement is entirely dependent on how much you like driving your car. If you prefer to just sit and stare at your car, then it’s entirely up to you. If you’re like the rest of us and actually prefer to start your car and hit the road, then you’ll want to get your starter replaced asap.

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