Best Prices for Car Starter Repair

Our mobile mechanics offer services 7 days a week. Upfront and transparent pricing.

Estimate price near me

Service Location

Customer Ratings


Included for free with this service

Online Booking

Mechanic comes to you

12-month / 12k-mile warranty

Free 50 point safety inspection

Our certified mobile mechanics can come to your home or office 7 days a week between 7 AM and 9 PM.

Customer Ratings


How much does Car Starter Repair cost?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to. Our mechanics are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office.

Car Starter Repair pricing for various cars

CarsEstimateParts CostLabor CostSavingsAverage Dealer Price
2009 Chevrolet Trailblazer$464$259.29$204.38-13%$409.79
2009 Hummer H2$435$274.48$160.58-10%$392.73
2010 Chrysler Sebring$558$295.56$262.78-14%$489.06
2015 Infiniti QX80$571$337.33$233.58-12%$509.33
2011 BMW X5$698$362.24$335.77-14%$609.49
2016 Audi S7$914$578.12$335.77-10%$825.37

Car Starter Repair Service

What's a car starter motor and how does it work?

The starter motor is a powerful, compact electric motor that will turn a car’s engine over at about 200 RPM in order to start the engine. The starter is at the terminus of a circuit that includes the battery, the ignition switch, a neutral safety switch, relays and fuses.

When you turn the ignition key to start, or press the start button in some vehicles, the starter circuit is completed and the starter will run. Most starters have a small pinion gear that engages a larger ring gear on the flywheel when the starter is powered on. The pinion gear turns the engine flywheel at about 200 RPM. Since the flywheel is directly connected to the crankshaft, all engine components will then turn in sync and the engine starts.


How do mobile mechanics repair the starter?

  • If the starter is determined to be faulty, the battery must be disconnected prior to commencing any work. Once the battery is disconnected, the wiring to the starter is disconnected.
  • Starters are bolted to the engine block or the transmission case. Generally, there are two bolts. The procedure to access the starter varies across car models and can require removal, or lowering, of other vehicle components.
  • Once the starter is removed and a new starter is installed, the mounting bolts are tightened to the OEM factory torque specifications, the electrical connections are cleaned and re-attached to the starter and the starter is tested to confirm normal operation.

When to replace the starter?

Starters are relatively durable but most will eventually fail in one or more of the following ways:

  • Intermittent operation of the starter. Starters can develop bad spots on the armature which will cause intermittent operation. This causes the starter to work sometimes and other times when you turn the key nothing happens. This is mostly due to the pinion gear being worn or not extending.
  • Starter turns too slowly. Internal electrical and mobile mechanical faults can cause the starter to draw too much current and in some cases the current drawn will exceed what the battery can supply. A consequence is the engine may not start as rapidly.
  • Unusual noises on starting. If you hear any type of grinding or other unusual noise while starting the engine, that should be investigated as the noise could reflect an internal starter failure or the noise could be due to pinion gear failure or flywheel ring gear damage.
  • Starter doesn’t function when turning the key. In some cases, the first symptom of a starter malfunction is a complete failure of the starter motor. This happens when you turn the ignition key to start the car, the starter motor does not function at all.

Trying to diagnose and fix car starter issues can sometimes be like solving an intricate puzzle – it often requires a professional touch. While some minor issues can be tackled with a bit of DIY spirit, there are times when seeking professional help isn't just a suggestion, it's a necessity. Keep reading to learn about the complexities that may arise with your car's starter and the risks associated with putting off that trip to an expert.

Complexities that Require a Professional's Touch

Car starter systems involve a series of interconnected components that may fail due to wear and tear or electrical problems. Some complexities that definitely call for expert attention include: * Electrical Issues: Shorts, blown fuses, and faulty connections are best left to the pros who have the right tools to diagnose and repair. * Flywheel Damage: If your starter's gear teeth are damaged or the flywheel is broken, a professional mechanic will need to address the issue. * Inconsistent Starting: When the car sometimes starts and sometimes doesn't, pinpointing the exact issue can be tricky and requires experienced troubleshooting.

Is it safe to drive with a starter problem?

Once a vehicle engine is running, the starter is not in use. But, sometimes the starter will not disengage after the car is started and it can cause drag on the system and even cause electrical problems. However, if you know that the starter is malfunctioning or working intermittently, you may be left stranded if you turn the engine off and the starter doesn’t function when restarting the engine. Should you know or suspect a problem with the starter, it is best to have the problem repaired to avoid being left stranded.

It can be tempting to avoid the cost of professional repairs, but here's why that might end up costing you more in the long run:

  • Further Damage: A car starter that's on its way out can cause additional damage to your engine or other starter system components, leading to more expensive repairs.
  • Safety Concerns: A failed starter could leave you stranded in potentially hazardous situations.
  • Wasted Time: Misdiagnosing your car's issues or attempting complex repairs without the right expertise can lead to hours of wasted time and frustration.

So, if you're typing "car starter repair near me" into your search engine because you've noticed that turning the key results in nothing more than a series of clicks or complete silence, it's time to call in the cavalry. Let the mobile professionals take over and get you back on the road safely and swiftly.

Distinguishing Between Starter, Battery, and Alternator Issues

When your car won't start, it's important to know whether the starter, battery, or alternator is to blame. Here's how to spot the difference and get closer to fixing the problem.

Signs Your Car Battery May Be the Issue

If you turn the key and hear a clicking sound without the engine turning over, your battery might be the culprit.

Check for these signs:

  • The battery is older than three to five years.
  • Lights on the dashboard dim when you start the car.
  • The car struggles to start in cold weather.

When the Alternator Might Be at Fault: Dimming Lights and Electrical Issues

The alternator charges the battery while the car is running, so if you notice dimming headlights or electrical issues while driving, the alternator may be failing.

Other indicators include:

  • A warning light on your dashboard, often shaped like a battery or labeled "ALT" or "GEN".
  • Electronics that operate erratically or not at all.
  • The battery dies even after being jump-started.

How to Tell If It's Indeed the Starter That's Causing Trouble

Don't be left guessing when it comes to starter problems.

Look for these tell-tale signs:

  • A single loud click or a series of rapid ones when trying to start the vehicle—this is a classic sign of a bad starter.
  • The engine doesn't turn over but all the lights, radio, and electrical work fine.
  • Smoke coming from the car when trying to start it may indicate a starter that's overheating.
  • Oil has leaked onto the starter, possibly affecting its operation.

When replacing a faulty starter keep in mind:

  • Prior to replacing the starter, simple diagnostic tests should be performed to ensure that the problem is a faulty starter versus a weak battery, faulty neutral start switch, or other faulty electrical component in the starter motor circuit.
  • Starters draw large amounts of current from the battery, much more than any other electrically powered device in your car. This makes it important that the electrical connections to the battery are inspected, cleaned, and tightened as necessary. Cables to the starter should also be inspected for corrosion and replaced as needed.

Recent Car Starter Repair reviews

Excellent Rating


Rating Summary


5 years of experience
355 reviews
5 years of experience
Kia Sedona V6-3.3L - Starter - Indianapolis, Indiana
Michael was very knowledgeable. He took the time to properly inspect the car to find the cause of our issue. He replaced the part in a very timely manner. Good communication would recommend him to others


14 years of experience
781 reviews
14 years of experience
Saab 9-3 L4-2.0L Turbo - Starter - Atlanta, Georgia
I'm used to bringing my car to a shop. This is new to me. I was nervous to use this method to fix my car, however Tinashe's excellent customer service removed any doubts that my car issue would be resolved. I'd also like to add this method was far more convenient.


19 years of experience
58 reviews
19 years of experience
Chevrolet Suburban 1500 V8-5.3L - Starter - Splendora, Texas
Thank u soo much Chris. I will be a returning customer. Great personality and very quick with the review and repair. Great Service.


24 years of experience
262 reviews
24 years of experience
Ford Expedition V8-5.4L - Starter - Melrose Park, Illinois
First time using this app or a mobile repair. Was a little nervous but Jim showed up on time, assured me he could do the job 1-1/2 hrs later my vehicle was back up and running. Jim was very professional & knew what he was doing. Thanks again Jim for your service!!! Will definitely use for any future work!

Recent articles & questions

What are the Car Pool Rules in Minnesota?
Every Every day, tens of thousands of Minnesota drivers rely on the state’s many freeways to get them from their home to their job site, and then back home again. While many of these drivers have to sit in stop...
How to Clean the Upholstery in a Car
Maintaining Maintaining the interior of your vehicle can be a difficult and tiresome job but it is a necessity. It not only keeps the vehicle clean but it also will help the resale value when it time to move up...
4 Essential Things to Know About Your Car’s Moon Roof
The The moon roof on a vehicle is a tinted glass panel that sits on top of the vehicle. It is like a window on top of your car that allows you to open and shut it as you please....

my focus ran out of fuel and won't start

A lot of times when the fuel tank is run completely empty trash will accumulate at the bottom of the tank in the fuel lines, which will make you car to be hard to start. Use a can of Seafoam...

Total Engine Replacement

If only the timing belt is broken, and there is no valve train or piston damage (due to the belt break for instance), or other engine damage, it will be more cost effective to repair the engine and even do...

My fuel pump won't kick on it's works when we jump it from the relay in the ccrm but won't kick on

If the pump works when you power it directly, that is when you bypass the vehicle wiring, that's good. All you have to do then is troubleshoot the vehicle wiring (relay, fuses, and so forth). The fastest way to do...

How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

+1 (855) 347-2779 ·