Car Starter Repair at your home or office in Alameda.

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$146.66 - $1,022.22

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YourMechanic Car Starter Repair Service in Alameda

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4.8/5

Number of Reviews

5

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Tien

Tien

20 years of experience
746 reviews
Tien
20 years of experience
Couteous, clean, helpful and self sufficient - job went well.
Very professional, knowledgeable both import and domestic vehicle, answered many of my question about vehicle troubleshooting, i will recommend everybody and family for hiz excellent knowledgeable professional.
Russell

Russell

24 years of experience
145 reviews
Russell
24 years of experience
Russell was great!!!!! He was very professional and did the job very fast (this company is the best thing that has happen in a while)
Russell was excellent, he was punctual, polite & quick to get the job done.
Jason

Jason

14 years of experience
427 reviews
Jason
14 years of experience
Most mechanics would just install the starter I provided. Jason took the time to test the starter in my car and explained how it all woks. He did the job effortlessly, at night, with a flashlight in his hand! I will definitely recommend Jason to my friends and family.
Albert

Albert

19 years of experience
7 reviews
Albert
19 years of experience
He was ridiculously punctual (scheduled time was very specifically 1:06pm). And he fixed my car!
Lucas

Lucas

18 years of experience
767 reviews
Lucas
18 years of experience
Put in the effort to do the job correctly
Brandon

Brandon

17 years of experience
570 reviews
Brandon
17 years of experience
Excellent work
Grzegorz

Grzegorz

38 years of experience
440 reviews
Grzegorz
38 years of experience
Grzegorz came on time and was able to perform the repair within the time mentioned. He also did an inspection of the car and recommended some maintenance for upkeep of the car. He was professional and knowledgeable about car repair.
Dwaine

Dwaine

42 years of experience
39 reviews
Dwaine
42 years of experience
Dwaine was very professional. He showed up at the appointment time with the correct parts for my truck, and immediately went to work replacing my starter. Within an hour or so the job was complete and my truck is up and running again. I would use this . I am service and Dwaine again. I am very pleased. Plus the job has a warranty.
Brandon

Brandon

15 years of experience
318 reviews
Brandon
15 years of experience
Professional and prompt
Richard

Richard

8 years of experience
246 reviews
Richard
8 years of experience
Fantastic first experience with Your Mechanic. Richard showed up 15 minutes early, was polite and courteous the whole time, replaced a starter in less than an hour, and was extremely sweet yet professional. My car has been starting perfect ever since. Thank you Richard!


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Alameda?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in Alameda. Our mechanics in Alameda 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 in Alameda.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2004 Ford F-150 Heritage $323 $242.74 $79.99 7% $350.24
2004 Hyundai Santa Fe $260 $180.17 $79.99 9% $287.67
2008 GMC Envoy $714 $377.70 $335.95 13% $829.20
2013 Cadillac SRX $400 $287.95 $111.98 8% $438.45
2005 Audi A4 $575 $326.61 $247.96 12% $659.86
2014 Maserati Ghibli $430 $333.67 $95.98 7% $462.67

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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.

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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.
  • Starter turns too slowly. Internal electrical and 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.

How do 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.

Is it safe to drive with a starter problem?

Once a vehicle engine is running, the starter is not in use. 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.

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.

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