Car Starter Repair at your home or office in Altadena.

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Number of Reviews

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Nazareth

25 years of experience
91 reviews
Nazareth
25 years of experience
Nazareth arrived on time and did the
Nazareth is very professional, the starter he originally installed was defective so he ordered another one and came back the next day to install it, that’s personal service

Horacio

36 years of experience
18 reviews
Horacio
36 years of experience
Thanks again for your help and I hope to hear from you soon and thanks again for all the help

Mitchel

22 years of experience
217 reviews
Mitchel
22 years of experience
On time, professional, courteous, well equipped, efficient and fairly priced. Arrived and got to the trash at hand and finished quickly. Based on his professionalism and service, I would gladly and highly recommend Mitchell to my colleagues, acquaintances and clients.

Russell

22 years of experience
356 reviews
Russell
22 years of experience
Hard worker very friendly!! Went the extra mile.

Grzegorz

39 years of experience
472 reviews
Grzegorz
39 years of experience
Efficient and knowledgeable

Kevin

22 years of experience
253 reviews
Kevin
22 years of experience
Able to replace my starter and battery in a timely manner. Was courtous and informed me of some things to keep tabs on in the future to help maintain my car.

Diego

19 years of experience
435 reviews
Diego
19 years of experience
Performed the work as described. Very knowledgeable.

Richard

11 years of experience
600 reviews
Richard
11 years of experience
Great service. He was on time, knew what he was doing and finished in a timely manner. He discovered I had another car problem. Told me exactly what needed to be done and what parts to get. Best mobile mechanic experience yet!

Eric

10 years of experience
230 reviews
Eric
10 years of experience
Very knowledgeable and friendly.

Godwin

22 years of experience
253 reviews
Godwin
22 years of experience
very impressive


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Altadena?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2006 Dodge Charger $304 $192.18 $111.98 11% $342.68
2009 Hyundai Santa Fe $303 $223.41 $79.99 8% $330.91
2005 Hyundai Sonata $344 $263.64 $79.99 7% $371.14
2011 Mercedes-Benz G550 $294 $214.14 $79.99 8% $321.64
2013 Audi A6 Quattro $909 $725.39 $183.97 6% $972.64
2008 BMW M3 $752 $352.53 $399.95 15% $890.03

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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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