For an engine to start the reciprocating assembly must rotate to draw in and compress the air/fuel mixture, which is then ignited by the spark plugs, enabling the engine to run on its own. The starter converts electrical energy from the battery into the mechanical energy needed to turn over or “crank” the engine. The starter is energized by an externally mounted solenoid, which is directly connected to the battery with heavy gauge wire.

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  • TYC® Starter
    (2 reviews)
    # sp2470
    Starter by TYC®. As soon as your starter motor fails, you can feel it right away. Well, if your starter motor is damaged, you no longer have to pay the high dealer price for a replacement because TYC will give you the same quality...
    $56.38 - $145.91
  • Bosch® Starter
    (0 reviews)
    # sp1072
    Starter by Bosch®. Whether new or remanufactured, Bosch starters are 100% factory tested to ensure reliable cranking and starting performance under the most extreme operating conditions. Built for precision fit, Bosch starters are...
    $39.08 - $1,097.26
  • Quality-Built® Starter
    (10 reviews)
    # sp1452
    Starter by Quality-Built®. Get professional installer quality at a DIY price with a Quality Built starter. These starters are manufactured under strict QS-9000 quality guidelines, the highest quality standard achievable for...
    $21.03 - $212.92
  • Mishimoto® Replacement Starter
    (0 reviews)
    # sp3785
    Replacement Starter by Mishimoto®. The Mishimoto replacement starters are made specifically for your car. A common problem with the factory starters is that they often go bad and need replacing. It is extremely difficult to find...
    $198.75
  • Denso® Starter Motor
    (2 reviews)
    # sp4662
    Starter Motor by Denso®. The original DENSO gear-reduction starter is an industry benchmark, so rugged and powerful that it is often adapted for racing use. DENSO remanufactured starters are subjected to a rigorous test and...
    $39.70 - $273.51
  • ACDelco® Professional™ Starter
    (0 reviews)
    # sp10775
    Professional™ Starter by ACDelco®. Thoroughly tested and backed by competitive warranty coverage, ACDelco Professional NEW Starters – for GM and non-GM vehicles – are manufactured using ISO Quality Standards. ACDelco NEW...
    $39.39 - $538.32
  • MSD® Starter
    (0 reviews)
    # sp3373
    Starter by MSD® Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by MSD features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your vehicle and lifestyle, it is manufactured to meet or exceed stringent...
    $273.95 - $390.95
  • Auto 7® Starter
    (0 reviews)
    # sp4963
    Starter by Auto 7®. The electrical system is the nerve center of your vehicle. Some common pitfalls of a faulty electrical system include no or slow cranking, dim lights, or troubles with accessories. Auto 7 has the quality parts...
    $39.58 - $237.72
  • ACDelco® GM Original Equipment™ Starter
    (0 reviews)
    # sp10731
    GM Original Equipment™ Starter by ACDelco®. When you need to match Original Equipment specifications in a replacement starter for your GM vehicle, look to ACDelco. Our GM Original Equipment line includes brand-new, and...
    $74.76 - $750.51
  • Hitachi® Starter
    (0 reviews)
    # sp5052
    Starter by Hitachi®. This starter features advanced functionality thanks to heat resistant armature with precision balancing and offers durability and performance you can always rely on, at a reduced cost. The remanufactured parts...
    $122.52 - $384.32
  • USA Industries® Starter Motor
    (1 reviews)
    # sp12084
    Starter by USA Industries®. This premium product is engineered with attention to detail to ensure reliable engine starting. Made from premium materials for outstanding quality and worry-free performance. This USA Industries starter...
    $72.09 - $228.63
  • World Source One® Starter
    (3 reviews)
    # sp1774
    Starter by World Source One®. Do you hear nothing but “click, click” when you turn the key? Is the BATTERY dash light on? Your vehicle is in need of engine electrical system repair, but before you waste your time and gas...
    $68.60 - $225.41
  • URO Parts® Starter Motor
    (0 reviews)
    # sp12820
    Starter Motor by URO Parts®. This superior electrical part by URO is a great alternative solution to the costly factory equipment that will help you restore smooth and efficient operation of your vehicle. Thoroughly designed and...
    $122.60 - $141.72
  • Remy® Starter
    (3 reviews)
    # sp9140
    Starter by Remy®. The starters by Remy feature the most compact design in the industry. These components are smaller and lighter providing less friction, better reliability, and greater performance. Install the Remy starter and get...
    $31.73 - $444.28
  • Valeo® Starter Motor
    (0 reviews)
    # sp9039
    Starter Motor by Valeo®. 100% new Valeo starters to exceed your expectations: quick start of the engine, long life performance even during winter. Valeo starters are designed and tested in stringent conditions that are established...
    $143.02 - $212.18
  • BTP® Starter
    (0 reviews)
    # sp9932
    Starter by BTP®. This premium part by BTP helps the starting and charging system of your vehicle to provide the energy needed for the engine to start as well as maintain all its electrical elements from the headlights to the...
    $56.52 - $140.94
  • USA Industries® Remanufactured Starter Motor
    (0 reviews)
    # sp12281
    Remanufactured Starter by USA Industries®. This premium product is engineered with attention to detail to ensure reliable engine starting. Made from premium materials for outstanding quality and worry-free performance. This USA...
    $18.00 - $137.32
  • ACDelco® Professional™ Starter Brush Set
    (0 reviews)
    # sp10776
    Professional™ Starter Brush Set by ACDelco®. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by ACDelco features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your vehicle and lifestyle, it is...
    $5.24 - $8.57
  • ACDelco® GM Original Equipment™ Starter Relay
    (0 reviews)
    # sp10748
    GM Original Equipment™ Starter Relay by ACDelco®. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by ACDelco features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your vehicle and lifestyle, it is...
    $5.02 - $54.69
  • ACDelco® Professional™ Starter Connector
    (0 reviews)
    # sp10795
    Professional™ Starter Connector by ACDelco®. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by ACDelco features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your vehicle and lifestyle, it is...
    $11.74 - $16.84
  • URO Parts® Starter Relay
    (0 reviews)
    # sp12821
    Starter Relay by URO Parts®. This superior electrical part by URO is a great alternative solution to the costly factory equipment that will help you restore smooth and efficient operation of your vehicle. Thoroughly designed and...
    $8.24
  • ACDelco® Professional™ Starter Relay
    (0 reviews)
    # sp10796
    Professional™ Starter Relay by ACDelco®. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by ACDelco features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your vehicle and lifestyle, it is...
    $9.08 - $30.79
  • ACDelco® Professional™ Starter Solenoid
    (0 reviews)
    # sp10798
    Professional™ Starter Solenoid by ACDelco®. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by ACDelco features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your vehicle and lifestyle, it is...
    $23.95 - $55.04
  • ACDelco® GM Original Equipment™ Starter Cable
    (0 reviews)
    # sp10720
    GM Original Equipment™ Starter Cable by ACDelco®. When it comes to getting the power from your battery to your vehicle, there’s no better way than with high-quality ACDelco GM OE Battery Cables and accessories.
    $53.47 - $136.83
  • ACDelco® GM Original Equipment™ Starter Connector
    (0 reviews)
    # sp10740
    GM Original Equipment™ Starter Solenoid Connector by ACDelco®. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by ACDelco features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your vehicle and...
    $17.69 - $59.55
  • Standard® Tru-Tech™ Starter Drive
    (0 reviews)
    # sp5485
    Tru-Tech™ Starter Drive by Standard®. Do you hear nothing but “click, click” when you turn the key? Is the BATTERY dash light on? Your vehicle is in need of engine electrical system repair, but before you waste your time and...
    $11.76 - $13.67
  • Dorman® Starter Rebuild Kit
    (0 reviews)
    # sp6957
    Starter Rebuild Kit by Dorman®. Dorman’s Starter Motor Repair Kit is engineered for affordability and convenience. It includes everything necessary for a complete repair.
    $17.21
  • GENUINE® Starter Relay
    (0 reviews)
    # sp13027
    Starter Relay by Genuine®. When you need a headlight bulb or a stop light switch, you may be tempted to just run down to the local auto parts chain store. But before you waste your time and gas only to find high prices and poor...
    $15.14 - $34.34
  • Standard® Starter Relay
    (0 reviews)
    # sp13037
    Starter Relay by Standard®. SMP’s vision is to be the leading independent supplier to the automotive aftermarket, providing the highest quality products, competitive prices and the highest reputation for integrity to all channels...
    $3.48 - $81.40


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Inside the starter case is a rotating armature surrounded by case-mounted field coils or permanent magnets. At the front of the armature shaft are the brushes and commutator, and at the rear is the starter drive. When current is applied to the field coils and armature, electromagnetic principles force the armature to rotate, which in turn rotates the starter drive. In a gear reduction starter, the armature engages the drive via a reduction gear.

The solenoid is activated by the starter control circuit that begins at the ignition switch and includes the starter relay and safety switch, which prevents the engine from starting with the vehicle in gear. Automatic transmission vehicles have a neutral safety switch and a clutch switch is used with manual transmissions. When the ignition key is turned to START, the solenoid not only energizes the starter motor, it also engages the starter drive gear with the engine flywheel or flexplate ring gear. An overrunning clutch disengages the drive from the ring gear when the engine starts.

We offer both brand new and remanufactured starters from the most well-known and respected names in the automotive electrical parts industry. Every starter meets or exceeds original equipment specifications for starting system performance. All are designed to be direct replacements, and will mount to your engine and connect to the electrical system in the same manner as your original starter. Whether new or remanufactured, only premium quality components are used during assembly, and each starter is thoroughly tested to ensure peak performance and long term durability.

In addition to complete starters, we offer starter repair parts like brush sets and rebuild kits, and other starting system components including solenoids and starter drives. While external solenoids that are mounted to the starter case are more common, some systems use a remote solenoid, usually mounted on the fender well near the battery. A positive engagement starter, which uses the shunt coil windings in the starter to engage the starter drive, is used with a remote solenoid. With our selection of parts, you can save money by servicing only what needs to be repaired, instead of having to replace the entire assembly.

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Starter looks and performs great and very easy install.
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1990 Acura Integra
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