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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

4,963

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Dan

37 years of experience
730 reviews
Dan
37 years of experience
Dan was and is very professional.

Graham

15 years of experience
106 reviews
Graham
15 years of experience
Will be requesting Graham for any future services!

Bryant

10 years of experience
290 reviews
Bryant
10 years of experience
Bryant was very professional and personable. He knew what he was doing and finished the job quickly. A great guy and a great mechanic. Thanks Bryant!

Brandon

18 years of experience
773 reviews
Brandon
18 years of experience
Brandon is very professional he even showed up early for the appointment which was really great for me

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.

Alfred

11 years of experience
333 reviews
Alfred
11 years of experience
Fast

Peter

41 years of experience
1247 reviews
Peter
41 years of experience
Showed up 2 hours early, excellent work. Very impressed with service. Will use him again. 5 stars all the way!

Joe

13 years of experience
359 reviews
Joe
13 years of experience
Really good guy, very knowledgeable and trustworthy..highly recommend

ROBERT

15 years of experience
28 reviews
ROBERT
15 years of experience
Robert was professional, courteous, and got the job done. He got our starter replaced in our Hyundai Santa Fe. Would definitely recommend.

Tien

21 years of experience
901 reviews
Tien
21 years of experience
Awesome. Helped when I was in a bind and other mobile mechanics (e.g. another well known mobile mechanic in oakland) would not come and service my vehicle


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Elgin?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2006 Mitsubishi Raider $254 $173.58 $79.99 9% $281.08
2012 Kia Forte Koup $256 $175.84 $79.99 9% $283.34
2009 Ford E-150 $292 $212.47 $79.99 8% $319.97
2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 $622 $541.64 $79.99 4% $649.14
2009 Lincoln Town Car $292 $212.47 $79.99 8% $319.97
2006 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG $392 $295.61 $95.98 7% $424.61

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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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