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Number of Reviews

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Wilson

11 years of experience
289 reviews
Wilson
11 years of experience
One of the best mechanics I've ever dealt with, and just getting better! Thrilled with Wilson's work! I'd give more than 5 stars if I could.
Wilson was excellent, extremely professional, courteous and prompt (early). I will use him again.

Art

23 years of experience
88 reviews
Art
23 years of experience

Rodric

12 years of experience
338 reviews
Rodric
12 years of experience
Very knowledgeable

Chris

14 years of experience
418 reviews
Chris
14 years of experience
Chris was great! Very knowledgeable. It was easy for us to trust his recommendations without having to worry that we were being gouged.

Joseph

31 years of experience
540 reviews
Joseph
31 years of experience
Very punctual informative or anything that I ask and most of all very quick.

Chris

18 years of experience
401 reviews
Chris
18 years of experience
Awesome work!

Abdul

9 years of experience
410 reviews
Abdul
9 years of experience
Abdul was on-time (early), professional, and honest. He never gave me the run-around or made any guarantees. He showed up for an inspection and diagnosed and replaced my starter in less than an hour because of his suggestion to run to the parts store while he was taking out the starter. I got back just in time with a new starter and he installed it and tightened my belts in less than half an hour. Best mechanic experience I've ever had. Car started perfectly. All this and he did it in a parking garage (granted he had space on both sides). He's won my business.

Dan

37 years of experience
730 reviews
Dan
37 years of experience
Unfortunately my husband and I were both at work when we had Dan come and work on our 19 year old daughter's car. My daughter had nothing but nice things to say about him. He was professional, courteous, and quick with the repair. He even brought the car into the driveway for her. The price was just as expected, no hidden fees. I am recommending your service to all that need a auto repair person!!

Joe

41 years of experience
709 reviews
Joe
41 years of experience
Excellent service.

Joseph

27 years of experience
25 reviews
Joseph
27 years of experience
Great guy and very knowledgeable, best mechanic around.


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Fairfax?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2009 Toyota Tacoma $254 $174.40 $79.99 9% $281.90
2011 Chevrolet Tahoe $398 $302.38 $95.98 7% $431.38
2015 Buick Enclave $359 $246.90 $111.98 9% $397.40
2015 Lexus ES350 $268 $180.17 $87.98 10% $298.42
2005 Acura RL $260 $180.17 $79.99 9% $287.67
2006 BMW M5 $1276 $580.27 $695.91 15% $1515.52

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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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