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Emmette

34 years of experience
282 reviews
Emmette
34 years of experience
Good jobless,fast an professional
I had a "no start problem" on a 2001 Ford Explorer. Emmette quickly determined the issue was an old alarm system that was defective that I wasn't even aware was installed in the car. He removed the alarm and the problem was solved. He took the time to look over the rest of the vehicle. The service was very covenant and avoided the price of a tow. I would use Emmette and the service again.

Edgar

23 years of experience
41 reviews
Edgar
23 years of experience
Edgar was on time, friendly and did a great job. I would ask for him if I have any more car troubles.

Manuel

39 years of experience
132 reviews
Manuel
39 years of experience
Excellent

Jose

8 years of experience
285 reviews
Jose
8 years of experience
Great job

Peter

41 years of experience
1227 reviews
Peter
41 years of experience
Great experience! Peter is very polite and professional. If/when I need Assistance again I hope Peter comes to the rescue again.

Tien

21 years of experience
892 reviews
Tien
21 years of experience
Very professional and on time.

Miguel

33 years of experience
233 reviews
Miguel
33 years of experience
Greatest!!!!

Robert

18 years of experience
614 reviews
Robert
18 years of experience
Robert has worked on two of my vehichles. Always shows up on time and is more than willing to show you whats wrong, what happened and how to avoid in future. Appreciate his honesty

Ricardo

21 years of experience
199 reviews
Ricardo
21 years of experience
Professional and Competent. Very quickly identified problem with the car.

Kim

22 years of experience
93 reviews
Kim
22 years of experience
Fast very professional and listen to my concerns

Car is not starting Inspection Service

A car that fails to start is a rare occurrence in this age of greatly improved efficiency and reliability. But it still happens occasionally, and the advanced electronic technologies that have made cars better have also made the job of roadside diagnosis difficult, if not impossible, for even reasonably handy owners. One of our expert mobile mechanics can provide an expeditious diagnosis and provide a quote for any necessary repairs.

Common reasons for this to happen:

If the engine cranks, but the car doesn't start:

  • Bad fuel pump: A faulty fuel pump won't deliver fuel to the engine, even if you've just filled up.

  • Bad spark plugs: Without hot sparks to ignite the fuel charge in each cylinder, there is no combustion and no expansion of the burning mixture. Thus, the engine will not start.

  • Bad timing belt: If the timing belt stretches or breaks, the engine will not run. Moreover, continuing to crank the engine may bring the valves into contact with the piston, causing serious engine damage.

  • Bad ignition coil: Without a functional coil to step up the voltage, there can be no spark. No spark means no start.

  • Faulty cam or crank sensor: If the sensors are faulty they will either provide no information to the ignition system, or will provide incorrect data. Either way, the engine will not fire.

If nothing happens after you turn the key:

  • Bad battery or terminals: Batteries have a finite lifespan, and terminals can loosen or corrode.

  • Bad starter: This should be obvious from the response to the key. If nothing happens at all when you turn the key, the starter may have reached the end of its life.

  • Ignition problem: This could be due to faulty contacts in the ignition switch, or in the wiring.

If there is a grinding noise when you turn the key:

  • Starter is bad: Do not persist in cranking the engine.

What to expect:

A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office to determine the source and cause of your car’s failure to start, and will then provide a detailed inspection report that includes the scope and cost of the necessary repairs.

How it's done:

The mechanic will check the ignition system, fuel system, and charging system, and then look for any mechanical damage. The mechanic may also try an alternative fuel source, like a quick shot of brake or carburetor cleaner into the throttle body, or a quick shot of liquid fuel via a vacuum line. If the car starts momentarily and then dies, that indicates that you have a fuel delivery issue.

How important is this service?

It goes without saying that a non-starting car is an important issue to address. Do not ignore or abandon the car if it’s not starting; this is an issue that should be dealt with promptly. Book a mechanic to perform a thorough inspection as soon as possible.

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