Car Starter Repair at your home or office in Des Plaines.

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$156.39 - $1,077.07

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Number of Reviews

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Rating Summary
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Jon

13 years of experience
21 reviews
Jon
13 years of experience
Got to my place early. Finished the job super fast. Very friendly. Definitely would book again! Thank you!

Kevin

31 years of experience
234 reviews
Kevin
31 years of experience

Danny

9 years of experience
269 reviews
Danny
9 years of experience
I had a great experience with Danny. Very knowledgeable about my car and very helpful. Patient and professional with my many questions. I will definitely request Danny for my next appointment.

George

24 years of experience
55 reviews
George
24 years of experience
Very professional.

Christopher

23 years of experience
79 reviews
Christopher
23 years of experience
Will recommend to friends

Torey

23 years of experience
41 reviews
Torey
23 years of experience
My experience was great! He was very professional and knowledgeable.

Joel

19 years of experience
728 reviews
Joel
19 years of experience
Arrived before time, explained everything that he was doing and answered all my questions. Very experienced, knowledgable and friendly. Would choose Joel again to service my car.

Archie

22 years of experience
23 reviews
Archie
22 years of experience
Could not ask for a better mechanic than Archie. Very punctual, diagnosed the problem quickly and thoroughly. Replaced the starter quickly, was very patient and friendly, and also provided a comprehensive inspection. Would highly recommend

Theodore

14 years of experience
1047 reviews
Theodore
14 years of experience
Thank you! It was so easy to schedule and have someone come out to take care of the car.

Richard

9 years of experience
416 reviews
Richard
9 years of experience
Professional and people friendly. On time and worked efficiently. I will not hesitate to send new business .


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Des Plaines?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2005 Subaru Baja $206 $125.93 $79.99 11% $233.43
2010 Saturn Vue $385 $288.83 $95.98 7% $417.83
2012 Volkswagen Jetta $325 $229.38 $95.98 9% $358.38
2013 Land Rover Range Rover $834 $706.37 $127.98 5% $878.37
2014 Infiniti Q50 $503 $407.19 $95.98 6% $536.19
2015 Porsche 911 $1075 $850.56 $223.97 6% $1151.56

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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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