Car Starter Repair at your home or office in El Cerrito.

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

4,903

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Andrew

9 years of experience
542 reviews
Andrew
9 years of experience
Awesome job!!!
Above and beyond. Quick service

Tien

21 years of experience
896 reviews
Tien
21 years of experience
Tien called and asked if he could come earlier than the appointment, I said yes and he came then. He got the work done with changing the starter and I am happy that our car will now start.

David

34 years of experience
195 reviews
David
34 years of experience
David arrived on time with all necessary parts. He was professional and courteous and handled the job in a timely manner. Much appreciated!

Shaun

19 years of experience
204 reviews
Shaun
19 years of experience
Both this service and my mechanic Shaun are outstanding! So refreshing - it literally gave me new hope in life that I won't always be at the mercy of the standard brick-and-mortar-mechanic model. Shaun was so incredibly professional, honest, and helpful. I have already recommended mymechanic to my friends.

Kyle

11 years of experience
145 reviews
Kyle
11 years of experience
Kyle was very professional and did the job in a reasonable amount of time. However, he was two hours late because he said received the wrong part.

Oswaldo

20 years of experience
23 reviews
Oswaldo
20 years of experience
Great

Scott

32 years of experience
345 reviews
Scott
32 years of experience
On time and completed job in a timely manner. Fair price Would use again

Torrieanto

10 years of experience
473 reviews
Torrieanto
10 years of experience
Quick, knowledgeable and effective

Nelson

24 years of experience
163 reviews
Nelson
24 years of experience
Nelson was very professional and he got the starter replaced very quickly.

Joseph

31 years of experience
540 reviews
Joseph
31 years of experience
Extremely knowledgeable and personable. Great work and would definitely book an appointment with Joseph again.


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in El Cerrito?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2005 Buick Park Avenue $298 $217.65 $79.99 8% $325.15
2005 Chrysler Sebring $289 $209.00 $79.99 8% $316.50
2013 GMC Yukon $398 $302.38 $95.98 7% $431.38
2015 Acura RLX $370 $290.23 $79.99 6% $397.73
2009 Infiniti EX35 $217 $136.68 $79.99 11% $244.18
2015 Jaguar XF $846 $702.23 $143.98 5% $895.73

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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.

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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