Car Starter Repair at your home or office in Cardiff By The Sea.

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$156.39 - $1,106.54

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Number of Reviews

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Andrew

9 years of experience
236 reviews
Andrew
9 years of experience
Andrew came on time, was professional and I am satisfied with his work. I appreciated the fact that he made sure the problem was what I thought it was before even starting to work on my car. He is the professional and his opinion mattered. He also gave me some recommendations on repairs that I might have to plan for in the near future to keep my car running well. Excellent car Doc!!
Andrew was great, work was completed quickly and now my car is back and running so I'm very happy and would definitely work with him again if I need to.

Deane

9 years of experience
271 reviews
Deane
9 years of experience
Deane was on time. Did the work without delay and finished in a timely manner. Deane is a truly qualified mechanic, as he was very familiar with our auto. A true professional. We are so impressed with this service and the concept that we could go online, describe what service we need and get a price, a bargain price at that. Who would not have their auto taken care of in this manner, especially when the mechanic is so highly qualified. A big THANK YOU, Your Mechanic.

Anthony

9 years of experience
103 reviews
Anthony
9 years of experience
Anthony was super. Even though the mechanics are allowed a one hour time period to arrive after the appointment, he arrived at the beginning. He tested that the problem I thought I had (starter) really was the problem, to avoid me incurring unnecessary expense. Most of all, my car is now starting great!

Justin

6 years of experience
40 reviews
Justin
6 years of experience
Justin was very professional. Arrived on time and was very quick and knowledgeable. Will definitely use him again!

Michael

9 years of experience
98 reviews
Michael
9 years of experience
Very efficient

Dominic

23 years of experience
11 reviews
Dominic
23 years of experience
Dominic came to the house even though it was raining hard. He knew our previous appointment was canceled due to rain. He said he would be there regardless and he came during a heavy rain. He started the work while it was raining and completed it. Luckily it stopped raining eventually. Dominic was very friendly and took the time to explain everything he was doing and what he found along the way. He made me feel at ease and certainly knew what he was doing. I would definitely have him come back for more work.

Jose

13 years of experience
249 reviews
Jose
13 years of experience
Very happy with Jose's services

Michael

8 years of experience
23 reviews
Michael
8 years of experience
Michael was great!

Scott

34 years of experience
593 reviews
Scott
34 years of experience
Scott was very professional and did a great job replacing my starter and crankcase seal. Will use him again.

Joseph

13 years of experience
47 reviews
Joseph
13 years of experience
Very good experience . Would use again.


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Cardiff By The Sea?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in Cardiff By The Sea. Our mechanics in Cardiff By The Sea 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 Cardiff By The Sea.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2009 GMC Sierra 3500 HD $396 $299.68 $95.98 7% $428.68
2014 Hyundai Tucson $368 $280.48 $87.98 7% $398.73
2007 Volkswagen Jetta $325 $229.38 $95.98 9% $358.38
2015 Audi Q5 $878 $693.93 $183.97 6% $941.18
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 $675 $467.40 $207.97 9% $746.90
2011 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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