Car Starter Repair at your home or office in Berkeley.

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

4,839

Rating Summary
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Patrick

31 years of experience
1032 reviews
Patrick
31 years of experience
Arrived on time, and did quality work.
Great

Brandon

18 years of experience
767 reviews
Brandon
18 years of experience
Excellent job, very professional approach to customer satisfaction.. I recommend him for your consideration.
Great job

Lucas

19 years of experience
840 reviews
Lucas
19 years of experience
This is the second time Lucas has serviced my vehicle. Excellent and reliable service. Highly recommend him.

Joe

41 years of experience
702 reviews
Joe
41 years of experience
Extremely knowledgeable and professional. Thank you, Joe. I will definitely be doing business with you again!

Glenn

41 years of experience
36 reviews
Glenn
41 years of experience
Repeat customer here. Glenn worked with my time schedule and made himself available when I was off. Would recommend to anyone who needs car repairs done at home.

Jeshua

5 years of experience
51 reviews
Jeshua
5 years of experience
On time, diagnosed and fixed the issue. Will be using him in the future!!

Augie

29 years of experience
263 reviews
Augie
29 years of experience
Great experience. I misdiagnosed my car and when he got here he listened to the car and explained to me why he thought it was something different. He got on the phone and found a part nearby, gave me a new estimate (which was less expensive than the previous one) and then went to go grab the part. Even including going to get a new part, he was done in just under an hour. He did a fantastic job and I will definitely book with him again.

Dellano

16 years of experience
365 reviews
Dellano
16 years of experience
Fast & friendly service. fixed what needed fixing

Adam

14 years of experience
64 reviews
Adam
14 years of experience
Great Customer Service. Very Quick and efficient. Very knowledgeable! I will definitely use him again!!!!

William

10 years of experience
27 reviews
William
10 years of experience
Very professional, showed up early to appointment, Very knowledgeable and the price was reasonable. Great mechanic.


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Berkeley?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2008 Lamborghini Murcielago $482 $385.80 $95.98 6% $514.80
2014 Ram 1500 $246 $150.38 $95.98 11% $279.38
2013 Kia Forte5 $330 $249.63 $79.99 7% $357.13
2011 BMW X3 $658 $409.82 $247.96 11% $743.07
2013 Audi A8 Quattro $1194 $554.54 $639.92 15% $1414.54
2012 Porsche 911 $1522 $1298.03 $223.97 4% $1599.03

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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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