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$156.39 - $1,106.54

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

4,903

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Chris

14 years of experience
232 reviews
Chris
14 years of experience
Showed up on time, works quickly, and got the job done.

Alex

20 years of experience
110 reviews
Alex
20 years of experience
Alex was the best!! I am an older woman who could have easily been taken advantage of, money wise, LOL stop your dirty minds! Totally put my trust in him

Scott

26 years of experience
7 reviews
Scott
26 years of experience
Scott was professional, polite and knowledgeable. He understood the problem I was having and quickly fixed what was wrong. I greatly appreciated his skills and know how. In addition, he was early to the appointment. I would definitely schedule Scott again.

Quint

9 years of experience
20 reviews
Quint
9 years of experience
Excellent !

Mahdi

8 years of experience
94 reviews
Mahdi
8 years of experience
Showed up on time. Very good communication. Very good work. Car is running great. Thank you. Note: replaced starter on 2009 Honda Accord 4 cy.

Francisco

8 years of experience
174 reviews
Francisco
8 years of experience
Excellent just like the last time. I will certainly use Francisco the next time, and the next.

Ricardo

12 years of experience
338 reviews
Ricardo
12 years of experience
Ricardo did a great job! He was time efficient and my new starter sounds amazing. Great guy and great service! Will definitely be using him again.

Brandon

18 years of experience
773 reviews
Brandon
18 years of experience
Excellent job.

Nathan

15 years of experience
184 reviews
Nathan
15 years of experience
Very friendly and helpful!

Napoleon

25 years of experience
147 reviews
Napoleon
25 years of experience
He was very professional and did a great job


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in La Jolla?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee $351 $230.75 $119.98 10% $392.00
2005 Pontiac Aztek $289 $209.00 $79.99 8% $316.50
2008 Saturn Vue $385 $288.83 $95.98 7% $417.83
2013 Audi Q5 $909 $725.39 $183.97 6% $972.64
2010 Mercedes-Benz SLK300 $294 $214.14 $79.99 8% $321.64
2004 Jaguar S-Type $327 $247.48 $79.99 7% $354.98

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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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