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$156.39 - $1,106.54

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5/5

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Honorio

17 years of experience
749 reviews
Honorio
17 years of experience
Great and convenient
Honorio is my new go-to mechanic. I love my mechanic who has worked on my car for the past decade, but times are a changing - and this is the future! Honorio was polite and courteous and he truly goes above and beyond! He came over to my house Saturday morning and confirmed it was my starter that needed to be replaced. I bought a new battery from AAA even though mine was only two years old thinking that it would solve the problem of my car having problems starting - stupid me. Honorio showed up almost a half hour early for our 9:30am appointment and was done by 9:45am (woohoo more weekend time for me)! We booked our next appointment for 10:30 Tuesday, since Monday was Memorial day. Low and behold, on Sunday Honorio contacted me saying he received the parts and if he could come on Monday, I said most definitely! I asked him if he could swing by in the morning, to which he asked how about 7am? Incredible! I'm barely awake at 7am so we settled on 9am. He again was 20 minutes early and got to work right away. Success! My car started and he applied the inspection credit to this service. He also told me this part was wearing down under my hood (which my other mechanic had also told me awhile ago). Honest and guy really knows his stuff. Will ONLY be booking Honorio in the future for my repairs!

Robert

29 years of experience
567 reviews
Robert
29 years of experience

Jason

15 years of experience
429 reviews
Jason
15 years of experience
Jason did a first rate job. He got right to work, knew exactly how to correct the problem and had the correct replacement starter with him. The whole process took slightly over 1 hour. This was my first experience with My Mechanic and it was excellent thanks to Jason's professionalism.

Amor

41 years of experience
181 reviews
Amor
41 years of experience
Mechanic was late - I understand that part. Part installed was not marked in my estimate as REFURBISHED. I expected a New part. Second problem was that mechanic did not want leave old part because of CORE CHARGES. Core charges were not spelled out on my work estimate. I was planning to replace timing belt in my other car - I do not want get refurbished timing belt and refurbished water pump. I am disappointed with this Company. Regards, Jan Rollinger

Khoa

18 years of experience
355 reviews
Khoa
18 years of experience
Very pleasant and thorough

Jason

30 years of experience
128 reviews
Jason
30 years of experience
Direct to work, and knows what he is doing. one of the best

Hector

12 years of experience
60 reviews
Hector
12 years of experience
Hector was very knowledgeable, and has diagnostic skills that allow him to really get to the root of the problem. Professional, reliable, and honest. I highly recommend to anyone for any electrical job.

Lucas

19 years of experience
840 reviews
Lucas
19 years of experience
Second time using him and nothing but great work and professionalism that you can expect. Highly recommended and will continue to use him whenever there is an issue with my cars.

Torrieanto

10 years of experience
458 reviews
Torrieanto
10 years of experience
Great and fast service

Zandro

15 years of experience
27 reviews
Zandro
15 years of experience


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Los Altos?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2007 Dodge Ram 3500 $277 $196.83 $79.99 9% $304.33
2008 Mercury Mariner $285 $204.58 $79.99 8% $312.08
2013 Scion tC $285 $204.58 $79.99 8% $312.08
2011 Mercedes-Benz R350 $540 $299.77 $239.97 13% $622.27
2008 BMW X5 $868 $516.42 $351.95 12% $989.42
2004 Mercedes-Benz C32 AMG $386 $289.61 $95.98 7% $418.61

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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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