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Kia Sportage Starter Replacement

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2006 Kia Sportage

2.0L L4 • 200,000 miles

Fort Worth ,  TX 76126

$272 - $332

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2013 Kia Sportage

2.4L L4 Base • 63,000 miles

Torrance ,  CA 90503

$325 - $397

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2005 Kia Sportage

2.7L V6 • 166,500 miles

Oakland ,  CA 94618

$354 - $432

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2011 Kia Sportage

2.4L L4 • 60,000 miles

Long Beach ,  CA 90807

$303 - $371

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2012 Kia Sportage

2.4L L4 • 80,000 miles

Goodyear ,  AZ 85338

$289 - $353

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2002 Kia Sportage

2.0L L4 • 180,000 miles

Irving ,  TX 75061

$239 - $292

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2009 Kia Sportage

2.7L V6 EX • 172,062 miles

Phoenix ,  AZ 85014

$203 - $249

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2002 Kia Sportage

2.0L L4 • 80,000 miles

Mountain View ,  CA 94043

$314 - $384

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2012 Kia Sportage

• 158,600 miles

Chino ,  CA 91710

$271 - $331

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2009 Kia Sportage

2.7L V6 • 200,000 miles

Henderson ,  NV 89012

$203 - $249

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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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How to Remove a Sportage Starter

by Christian Killian

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Removing the starter motor from your Kia Sportage allows you to have it thoroughly tested for problems or defective components if is not working properly. The starter motor in the Sportage has a removable starter solenoid mounted to the case of the starter, allowing the solenoid to replaced rather than buying a whole new starter for the truck. Most auto parts stores will have the complete starter assembly as well as a replacement solenoid.

Step 1

Open the hood and disconnect the negative battery cable from the negative battery terminal using a wrench to remove the retaining bolt. Pull the cable end off the battery and isolate it from the battery while you are working.

Step 2

Raise the front of your Sportage with a jack and support it on a set of jack stands. Remove the jack so you are not trying to work around it.

Step 3

Locate the starter from under the truck. It is on the passenger’s side of the engine near the back and down low on the engine. Find the two electrical connections on the back of the starter solenoid. The first one is the “S” terminal and it is a push on connector located directly on the back of the solenoid. Unplug it from the terminal on the solenoid by pulling it straight off.

Step 4

Loosen and remove the nut on the second terminal, the “B” terminal, with a socket and ratchet. Set the two wires aside.

Step 5

Locate the two mounting bolts that secure the starter to the bell housing. These bolts pass through the bell housing from the transmission side and thread into the starter. Remove both bolts with a ratchet and socket, supporting the starter as you remove them.

Lower the starter out of the engine compartment and remove it from under the truck. Test or replace the starter as needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrench set
  • Jack
  • Jack stand
  • Socket set
  • Ratchet

Writer Bio

Christian Killian has been a freelance journalist/photojournalist since 2006. After many years of working in auto parts and service positions, Killian decided to move into journalism full-time. He has been published in "1st Responder News" as well as in other trade magazines and newspapers in the last few years.

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How much does a Car Starter Repair cost?

On average, the cost for a Kia Sportage Car Starter Repair is $193 with $98 for parts and $95 for labor. Prices may vary depending on your location.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2008 Kia SportageL4-2.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$561.53Shop/Dealer Price$683.17 - $1025.57
2008 Kia SportageV6-2.7LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$637.09Shop/Dealer Price$782.63 - $1196.72
2014 Kia SportageL4-2.4LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$512.71Shop/Dealer Price$627.16 - $947.96
2016 Kia SportageL4-2.4LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$694.99Shop/Dealer Price$854.99 - $1312.48
2020 Kia SportageL4-2.4LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$694.99Shop/Dealer Price$855.02 - $1312.55
1998 Kia SportageL4-2.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$369.75Shop/Dealer Price$442.96 - $631.05
2009 Kia SportageV6-2.7LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$651.75Shop/Dealer Price$799.57 - $1220.80
2000 Kia SportageL4-2.0LService typeCar Starter RepairEstimate$406.83Shop/Dealer Price$487.89 - $698.79

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What's a car starter motor and how does it work?

The starter motor is a powerful, compact electric motor that will turn a car’s engine over at about 200 RPM in order to start the engine. The starter is at the terminus of a circuit that includes the battery, the ignition switch, a neutral safety switch, relays and fuses.

When you turn the ignition key to start, or press the start button in some vehicles, the starter circuit is completed and the starter will run. Most starters have a small pinion gear that engages a larger ring gear on the flywheel when the starter is powered on. The pinion gear turns the engine flywheel at about 200 RPM. Since the flywheel is directly connected to the crankshaft, all engine components will then turn in sync and the engine starts.


When to replace the starter?

Starters are relatively durable but most will eventually fail in one or more of the following ways:

  • Intermittent operation of the starter. Starters can develop bad spots on the armature which will cause intermittent operation. This causes the starter to work sometimes and other times when you turn the key nothing happens.
  • Starter turns too slowly. Internal electrical and mechanical faults can cause the starter to draw too much current and in some cases the current drawn will exceed what the battery can supply. A consequence is the engine may not start as rapidly.
  • Unusual noises on starting. If you hear any type of grinding or other unusual noise while starting the engine, that should be investigated as the noise could reflect an internal starter failure or the noise could be due to pinion gear failure or flywheel ring gear damage.
  • Starter doesn’t function when turning the key. In some cases, the first symptom of a starter malfunction is a complete failure of the starter motor. This happens when you turn the ignition key to start the car, the starter motor does not function at all.

How do mechanics repair the starter?

  • If the starter is determined to be faulty, the battery must be disconnected prior to commencing any work. Once the battery is disconnected, the wiring to the starter is disconnected.
  • Starters are bolted to the engine block or the transmission case. Generally, there are two bolts. The procedure to access the starter varies across car models and can require removal, or lowering, of other vehicle components.
  • Once the starter is removed and a new starter is installed, the mounting bolts are tightened to the OEM factory torque specifications, the electrical connections are cleaned and re-attached to the starter and the starter is tested to confirm normal operation.

Is it safe to drive with a starter problem?

Once a vehicle engine is running, the starter is not in use. However, if you know that the starter is malfunctioning or working intermittently, you may be left stranded if you turn the engine off and the starter doesn’t function when restarting the engine. Should you know or suspect a problem with the starter, it is best to have the problem repaired to avoid being left stranded.

When replacing a faulty starter keep in mind:

  • Prior to replacing the starter, simple diagnostic tests should be performed to ensure that the problem is a faulty starter versus a weak battery, faulty neutral start switch, or other faulty electrical component in the starter motor circuit.
  • Starters draw large amounts of current from the battery, much more than any other electrically powered device in your car. This makes it important that the electrical connections to the battery are inspected, cleaned, and tightened as necessary. Cables to the starter should also be inspected for corrosion and replaced as needed.

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