Car Starter Repair at your home or office in Costa Mesa.

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5/5

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Chris

Chris

19 years of experience
1240 reviews
Chris
19 years of experience
He arrived exactly on time. Did a clean,. Swift, great job. He is neat, clean and professional. Highly recommend his work! Thank you Chris
Chris arrived early, again today (good for me). He went right to work installing the remanufactured starter ($35+tax, PepBoys, Limited Lifetime Warranty) I had bought yesterday, after his accurate 5 minute diagnostic ($80, and well worth it). He did not pressure me to buy now on the $439 starter his service had sourced. This added great trust in his integrity and focus on the customer's (my) problem, instead of his own income. Chris had the starter installed and tested in 20 minutes for $65 additional. He even took the time to listen to the engine and make recommendations on a transient noise he heard in the engine.
Rocco

Rocco

19 years of experience
303 reviews
Rocco
19 years of experience
Rocco was friendly, highly skilled, and professional. He reached out before my appointment to confirm my address and was even able to meet me earlier than expected. He changed the starter in my car, gave me quotes, and completed the billing all in under 45mins. It was a GREAT first experience!
AWESOMEJOB! 
Patrick

Patrick

12 years of experience
254 reviews
Patrick
12 years of experience
Patrick was punctual, efficient, and provided a good first time experience using a mobile mechanic. Would definitely use the service again.
Called me when he was on his way, was very friendly and fast. Super helpful and efficient worker, would recommend!
Manuel

Manuel

29 years of experience
162 reviews
Manuel
29 years of experience
All good; got there a bit early, couldn't have gone better.
Francisco

Francisco

7 years of experience
110 reviews
Francisco
7 years of experience
Francisco showed up on time and finished replacing my starter properly and promptly. Glad to hear my car running again. Thanks Francisco!
Torrieanto

Torrieanto

9 years of experience
276 reviews
Torrieanto
9 years of experience
Arrived early. Friendly. Diagnosed problem quickly. Was helpful with questions.
Mike

Mike

19 years of experience
53 reviews
Mike
19 years of experience
Mike was very friendly and is a very well rounded mechanic. Good guy. :)
Miguel

Miguel

32 years of experience
209 reviews
Miguel
32 years of experience
Awesome service!!! Will call again for sure no doubt.
Harish

Harish

24 years of experience
523 reviews
Harish
24 years of experience
This guy really knows his stuff and he was super fast. Amazing!
Josh

Josh

21 years of experience
64 reviews
Josh
21 years of experience
On time...explained exactly what he was going to do..very personable....


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Costa Mesa?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2009 Chevrolet Impala $317 $220.53 $95.98 9% $349.53
2008 Pontiac G8 $392 $295.63 $95.98 7% $424.63
2008 Saturn Vue $385 $288.83 $95.98 7% $417.83
2005 BMW X5 $620 $476.37 $143.98 7% $669.87
2015 BMW 228i xDrive $568 $407.58 $159.98 8% $622.58
2005 Audi S4 $841 $657.24 $183.97 6% $904.49

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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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