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    Default estimated cost of starter replacement

    Hello everyone, I'm just curious what the estimated cost of paying someone to replace my failing starter. I know that the part is $170 but what can I expect to pay a mechanic to put it in?? Thanks for your help.

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    Default Re: estimated cost of starter replacement

    All depends on how hard it is to get to.
    If a bolt breaks off or is rusted bad the engine may need unbolted and lifted up.
    I had that happen on a 4.3 engine in my last boat.

    170 is kind of high for the starter but not too bad. You can get one online for around 100 bucks.

    80 to 100 per hour is about normal labor charges around here...


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    Default Re: estimated cost of starter replacement

    Ayuh,...

    It depends entirely on How Much of your boat has to be disassembled to get To the starter....
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    Default Re: estimated cost of starter replacement

    This may not be the exact one you need but it shows you the price.
    They ship next day to Charlotte using UPS ground..

    http://www.ebasicpower.com/pc/MES531...lvo+GM+Engines


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    Default Re: estimated cost of starter replacement

    Thanks guys...my tech said he can get me one locally for $170 with a 5 year warranty..may let him do it just in case its the wrong one he can deal with it. The price on I boats for the Sierra is $174 plus shipping. Those little starters are like gold. I can't complain, I've owned the boat 3 years and thus far (prior to) have only put a few hundred in it (minus the cover I just bought).

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    I just did mine. Got lucky and found one on eBay for $50. The rear seat and two supports on both sides of the engine bay have to come out so you can lay down beside the motor. It is labor intensive and would cost as much in labor as you paid for the starter. It is not an easy job; but I enjoy doing all the work I can...

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    Default Re: estimated cost of starter replacement

    Quote Originally Posted by snoski View Post
    I just did mine. Got lucky and found one on eBay for $50. The rear seat and two supports on both sides of the engine bay have to come out so you can lay down beside the motor. It is labor intensive and would cost as much in labor as you paid for the starter. It is not an easy job; but I enjoy doing all the work I can...
    Great, come do mine ;-).

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    Default Re: estimated cost of starter replacement

    I got stuck in a port 2 1/2 hours away one year when my starter decided to go south. Cost well over $300, plus a couple car rides back and forth.

    Nothing is so broken that Government can't make it worse.

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    Default Re: estimated cost of starter replacement

    due to a manufactures design flaw that allowed the starter to sit on the stringer, motor removal was necessary to change the starter.
    rusted bolts,corroded in place, broken bolts,room to access the starter ,and most likely 1 or 2 items i forgot all need to be considered when asking for a estimate.

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    ouch

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