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The starter makes a loud screeching noise and the fly wheel is damaged, too.

(1998 Mercury Mystique)
in Lexington, KY on January 30, 2012
The mechanic said this is difficult to get to and, therefore, quoted $800 for each repair. This sounds high and I wondered if we could DIY. Not experts by any means but have worked on cars. What do you think of the estimate and cost? And, since this is an issue with these cars, why did Mercury not recall them?
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on January 30, 2012
$800 to replace the starter is way over priced but to replace the flywheel that sounds more like it. There is a lot that needs to be done to remove the trans and I would recommend not trying and to do it on the ground unless your that adveturous. Repairpal has an estimator for average prices to repair vehicles and you can check this out yourself. It dosnt show the cost to repair the flywheel but it does show $256-$357 parts and labor to replace the starter. When the flywheel is replaced the starter has to come out anyway so you should not have to pay for the starter labor. Yes some things are free in life. You do have to pay for the part cost.
on January 30, 2012
Recalls are usually made to eliminate danger to the driver. They don't make recalls on design flaws that simply cost a lot of money to repair. Fly wheels are not easy to do without a lift, it's do-able...but not easy (hence the $800 quote) That's reasonable but if you want to do it might cost a little under $200.

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