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Did you know that when automobiles were first invented, you had to crank them to get them started? Fast forward to today, when many vehicles have a key or even a button that is gently pressed or rotated in order to get the vehicle fired up. Those removable options that went directly into the crankcase were dangerous and inconvenient (to say the least!). Fortunately, today’s engines have a much higher compression ratio which leads to the advent of the self-starting motor.

Starters work by converting electrical energy from the batteries of your vehicle into mechanical energy – which in turn breathes life into the engine. Internal combustion engines that are running at 0 RPM are unable to produce torque, therefore the starter helps the engine turn over that first time to get started. Once that occurs, the engine can power itself.

Starter motors come in a variety of styles, gear-reduction, electric, and pneumatic. Some things to note about these styles when purchasing a starter for your vehicle:

  • Gear-reduction starter: The gear-reduction starter is mostly utilized for cost-reduction instead of for any specific benefits that it offers, although this style is essentially obsolete now.

  • Pneumatic starters: Pneumatic starters are simply put together, reliable and deliver a nice, high torque. Used by diesel engines and gas turbines, the pneumatic starter includes a pressure tank, an air compressor and a geared turbine. Once compressed air is released from the tank, the turbine spins – turning over the engine. The engine then recharges the compressor as it runs. This type of starter is generally saved for heavy equipment and machinery.

  • Electric starters: Electric starters are used most often for everyday gas and diesel engines. A low-power current is pushed through the solenoid when the key is turned, causing the drive pinion to mesh with the ring gear on the engine’s flywheel.

Finding the accurate starter replacement part is as simple as consulting your vehicle’s manual, as you will have to be sure to get the correct style and size of starter to get your car going. As always, when you’re looking for parts, try to go with the highest quality you can afford.

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Keith

16 years of experience
275 reviews
Keith
16 years of experience
Toyota Corolla - Starter - Citrus Ridge, Florida
Keith demonstrated knowledge and experience. He took every step necessary to solve the issue. Which he did. He clearly explained the problem and the solution. Would hire him again in a heartbeat.
Jeep Grand Cherokee - Starter - Lake Alfred, Florida
Keith knows what he is doing got the job done as fast as possible I have some more work for him soon honest, reliable,trustworthy Thanks again Sandra

Matt

13 years of experience
21 reviews
Matt
13 years of experience
Jeep Cherokee - Starter - Tempe, Arizona
Great mechanic and dedicated to solving the problem the right way. Very friendly and came back to check two weeks later to make an adjustment at no charge. Also very willing to talk you through in layman's terms what he is doing and why it matters. Great guy all around!
Ford Escort - Starter - Tempe, Arizona
Had an absolutely fantastic experience; he went above and beyond to help me install my starter, and was helpful and friendly.

CJ

3 years of experience
9 reviews
CJ
3 years of experience
Honda Civic - Starter - Seattle, Washington
CJ nailed it! The service was great. Starters can be finicky when they are on their way to failing. CJ went through his checks and diagnostics more than once to determine the issue and solution. We're a one car family so it was vital that his visit was successful. I hovered over the job but tried not to distract him and he patiently walked me through his progressions and answered my questions. Honda of Burien tried to charge me $1050 or 3x more than what I paid CJ and Your Mechanic charged for the fix. Gave me some preventive maintenance tips for other issues as well. Thanks Bro!
Buick Rendezvous - Car Starter Repair - Kent, Washington
Such a sweetheart his explained everything to us. He really tried to troubleshoot and see what was wrong with the car, I would refer him again.

Sonal

15 years of experience
10 reviews
Sonal
15 years of experience
Ford F-150 - Starter - Lynnwood, Washington
Thanks so much for excellent service Sonal, wonderful doing business with you today! Sincerely, Susan George
Buick LeSabre - Starter - Renton, Washington
Sonal was very thorough and checked out everything and found out the problem right away. He came later in the afternoon and fixed the problem. Very nice to work with.

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