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what is a starter what does it do what happens to the car

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what is a starter? what does it do? what happens to the car if it doesnt work? what does it cost to replace it, including labor? can you describe it?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  Eric replied 8 years ago.



What is the year, model, and engine size of your Honda?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.

i do not actually own a car. this is for a driver's ed project i need in about ten minutes to get my green card tonight and cant find the answer.

the car part i'm looking for is a starter for a 2006 honda accord lx, 4 cylinder, all terrain, air conditioning, ABS. thank you

Expert:  Eric replied 8 years ago.



Ok, got it.


A car starter is responsible for turning over, or starting, a vehicle engine. Located on the underside of most vehicles, the starter is controlled by the solenoid, which is a small attachment directly on top of the starter itself. The solenoid, which receives electricity from the car battery, is responsible for engaging and disengaging the starter.

A starter has a small cogged wheel that engages and disengages with the engine flywheel, which is a large cogged wheel attached directly to the engine crankshaft. When a person turns the key in their car ignition, the solenoid receives electricity from the car battery and then engages the starter with the flywheel. The starter turns the flywheel which in turn turns the engine crankshaft, which in turn starts the motions of a running engine.

If the starter fails, the car will not start.

Parts and labor on a starter for this vehicle is between $300-350, depending upon local hourly labor rates

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you so much!
Expert:  Eric replied 8 years ago.



Good luck!


here is picture of one: