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$154.22 - $1,128.02

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YourMechanic Car Starter Repair Service in Columbia

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4.6/5

Number of Reviews

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James

10 years of experience
43 reviews
James
10 years of experience
Great job. Also he saved my life by pointing out a very large and active bee hive on my tree.
James was awesome, it did not take long and I was back on the road again. I would like to request James for future car maintenance. I was skeptical about using "yourmechanic.com, I am soooo glad I did. Extremely lower than the dealer.

Andrew

10 years of experience
281 reviews
Andrew
10 years of experience
Andrew arrived right on time, was very efficient and knowledgeable as well as friendly and courteous. I would highly recommend him and would definitely call on him again if we have car trouble.
Andrew was Great, timely, patient and professional.

Robert

26 years of experience
333 reviews
Robert
26 years of experience
He had gotten there early and was waiting when I drove up. Robert was incredible. He answered all my questions and knew exactly what he was doing. However at one point, he asked me where the part was and I said you were supposed to bring it. He looked at his phone and realized he looked at the wrong work order, so he had to run and get it. He said 20 minutes, forgot about traffic and took an hour. If he hadnt been such a nice person, I would have been angry. Those things happen. He fixed it perfectly and as soon as I turned the key the car started.
I thought he was very good. He was on time and didn't take too long to fix my car. I would recommend him to anyone who would need their car fixed

Glen

12 years of experience
6 reviews
Glen
12 years of experience
Glen was fantastic. Prompt, courteous, and did a beautiful job. Highest recommendation.

Jerome

23 years of experience
415 reviews
Jerome
23 years of experience
Jerome is an excellent mechanic. He is professional and personable. I am looking forward to working with Jerome again in the near future.

Nicholas

10 years of experience
361 reviews
Nicholas
10 years of experience
Great and professional demeanor!

Keith

17 years of experience
323 reviews
Keith
17 years of experience
Keith was great. Prompt got the job done quickly and he was very knowledgeable of my car. I will use him in the future

Miguel

34 years of experience
258 reviews
Miguel
34 years of experience
He was very professional and knew what to do. I feel this man has great customer service and knowledgeable about cars. I hope to have him in the near future.

Rodney

35 years of experience
395 reviews
Rodney
35 years of experience
Rodney was prompt, professional and did quality work. And he was fun to talk with!

Joel

20 years of experience
844 reviews
Joel
20 years of experience
Joel showed up on time, was very professional and courteous. Replaced the starter in the allotted time and left no mess in our garage. A true professional. We were very pleased with Joel. Highly recommend him for your mechanic needs. If we have another mechanical issue we will certainly request Joel. We couldn't be happier.


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Columbia?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2005 Mercury Mariner $289 $193.36 $95.98 10% $322.36
2009 Saab 9-7x $679 $342.59 $335.95 14% $794.09
2016 Kia K900 $329 $248.64 $79.99 7% $356.14
2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport $504 $352.31 $151.98 9% $556.56
2007 Lexus IS350 $614 $317.70 $295.96 14% $715.45
2008 Jaguar S-Type $327 $247.06 $79.99 7% $354.56

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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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