Car Starter Repair at your home or office in Encinitas.

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

4,435

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John

John

17 years of experience
310 reviews
John
17 years of experience
John was awesome! He changed the starter on my 2005 Suzuki Forenza. Professional and polite. Two huge thumbs up! :)
John was very professional and patient.
Joe

Joe

40 years of experience
576 reviews
Joe
40 years of experience
Joe arrived on time and soon after had the starter installed. He was efficient, professional, and knowledgeable. Kudos to Joe!
Did a fantastic job!
Andrew

Andrew

8 years of experience
394 reviews
Andrew
8 years of experience
Rocky start with parts issues, once that was resolved, all went well.
Terry

Terry

10 years of experience
45 reviews
Terry
10 years of experience
Man Terry was awesome! He diagnosed the problem with my truck and was able to fix it. He spent extra time making sure everything was right and was friendly the entire time. Any questions I had he was able to answer. He did all this while it was pouring down rain! Will use again.
Yahshif

Yahshif

7 years of experience
128 reviews
Yahshif
7 years of experience
Yahshif was very helpful and friendly! I was able to go back to work while he attended to my car. It only took an hour and now my car is back up and running. Service: Starter replacement
Brandon

Brandon

17 years of experience
570 reviews
Brandon
17 years of experience
Does good work and knows what he's doing.
Kevin

Kevin

27 years of experience
8 reviews
Kevin
27 years of experience
Kevin is a professional with a friendly smile. Answers all questions without hesitation. Prompt and courteous. Hope to have him service my car and recommending to my friends and coworkers.
Dan

Dan

36 years of experience
620 reviews
Dan
36 years of experience
On time was able to complete job in half time required,saved a few dollars on parts not required.
Jared

Jared

18 years of experience
35 reviews
Jared
18 years of experience
Jared was fast and friendly. Will definitely request him on my next repair!
Omar

Omar

9 years of experience
175 reviews
Omar
9 years of experience
Froendly, polite, knowledgeable. Answered questions. Great attitude. I will be calling omar for all repairs on caddie ann(my car) i will tell my friends about him to be sure.


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Encinitas?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2009 Toyota Tundra $254 $174.40 $79.99 9% $281.90
2015 Chevrolet Tahoe $393 $297.23 $95.98 7% $426.23
2011 Mazda 6 $311 $230.93 $79.99 8% $338.43
2010 Audi A3 $373 $277.32 $95.98 8% $406.32
2013 Infiniti FX37 $576 $496.23 $79.99 4% $603.73
2008 Jaguar X-Type $257 $177.28 $79.99 9% $284.78

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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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