Car Starter Repair at your home or office in La Mesa.

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$156.39 - $1,106.54

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

4,903

Rating Summary
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Pete

14 years of experience
192 reviews
Pete
14 years of experience
Pete was extremely professional and friendly! He even called the day before our scheduled appointment because he had a cancellation and he wanted to see if that would be more convenient for us! Pete was able to correctly diagnos our car problem and repair it in such a reasonable time. We could not be any more pleased with the end result! Thank you!
On time and fixed the issue.

Chris

18 years of experience
394 reviews
Chris
18 years of experience
Really good experience. Chris arrived promptly and replaced my starter very quickly. No issues. Friendly., very professional. Would highly recommend him.
Chris did an amazing job and went above and beyond. Would definitely have him work on my car any day!

Sam

13 years of experience
122 reviews
Sam
13 years of experience
Very professional guy, and on time. Excellent work!
Sam was great and did quick work. I would recommend Sam to anyone and am more than pleased with the service. I have a very high mileage car and he helped me identify some more repairs I should look in to.

Patrick

31 years of experience
1043 reviews
Patrick
31 years of experience
A1 customer service A1 work...Honest, reliable, and efficient / knowledgeable nobody does it any better...Let's just say if we won the lotto tonight he'd be our personal mechanic tomorrow and that says it all...

Matthew

31 years of experience
639 reviews
Matthew
31 years of experience
Hey I just wanted to say that Matthew did an awesome job with my car and I really appreciate him having the time to come out here fixing my car! Matthew I think you left a socket head wrench here I found it in front of my car.

Charles

9 years of experience
62 reviews
Charles
9 years of experience
He was very professional and friendly

Francisco

8 years of experience
174 reviews
Francisco
8 years of experience
I can't recommend Francisco enough. He did the job he said he'd do in the time he said he'd do it in.

Fred

15 years of experience
334 reviews
Fred
15 years of experience
Prompt, courteous and efficient. Perfect service!

Jose

15 years of experience
153 reviews
Jose
15 years of experience
WOW WHAT A GREAT JOB, THANK YOU VERY MUCH , AND THE PRICE WAS RIGHT :-):-):-) THANK YOU, THANK YOU , THANK YOU :-) THE BROWN'S

Frank

6 years of experience
111 reviews
Frank
6 years of experience
Exxellent mechanic.


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in La Mesa?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2009 Chrysler Aspen $268 $156.22 $111.98 12% $306.72
2007 Saab 9-7x $726 $389.70 $335.95 13% $841.20
2004 Mazda RX-8 $285 $204.58 $79.99 8% $312.08
2011 Lexus LX570 $498 $274.04 $223.97 13% $575.04
2014 BMW X5 $1067 $715.15 $351.95 10% $1188.15
2006 Jaguar XJ8 $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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