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Pardeep

19 years of experience
597 reviews
Pardeep
19 years of experience
Pardeep just finished installing a new starter in our Honda CRV. He was very polite and professional. I would recommend Pardeep for your mechanical repairs and tough jobs. He will get them down correctly.
Once again, Pardeep was excellent to work with. He showed up on time and went right to work. He finished the job in a timely manner and was very accommodating with any questions I had. Pardeep displays a great knowledge of cars and has a broad spectrum of skills. I highly recommend him!

Nicholas

9 years of experience
261 reviews
Nicholas
9 years of experience
Showed up early and went straight to work. He is courteous
Nicholas was very polite and ready to work he fix the issue in about an hour

Jay

35 years of experience
705 reviews
Jay
35 years of experience
Jay was very punctual, polite and knowledgeable. He made the process quick and easy.
Jay was quick and very professional. Gave me honest advise on other items regarding my vehicle. Very knowledgeable and amicable. Recommend him to anyone!

Russell

22 years of experience
356 reviews
Russell
22 years of experience
Russell went above and beyond what I thought a mobile mechanic would offer. The starter was a little bit of a struggle but he got it done. Super friendly and just talked to me the whole time. If I ever need another mechanic to help me I will be calling Russell 100%.
Russell is a great mechanic that takes pride in his work and keeping the customer happy. He does great work and keeps the customer informed of any possible problems in the future. I have a 3rd appointment for another one of our vehicles next week and looking forward to getting another completed job you can count on being correct.

David

20 years of experience
30 reviews
David
20 years of experience

Robert

29 years of experience
568 reviews
Robert
29 years of experience

Brandon

23 years of experience
27 reviews
Brandon
23 years of experience
Brandon arrived early and started right away. Contacted me when he was finished replacing the starter on my Malibu. Showed me that indeed it was a new starter and had be try it out. Car started up as if it was brand new. He even checked my brakes for me as I had some concerns. He did this for free... I'd highly recommend Brandon if your vehicle needs a little tlc.

Daniel

19 years of experience
292 reviews
Daniel
19 years of experience
Excellent mechanic! Highly recommended!

Shaun

8 years of experience
542 reviews
Shaun
8 years of experience
He is very good at what he does, A very good Tech,

Dante

34 years of experience
98 reviews
Dante
34 years of experience
Dante did a very good job fixing my starter. He was very professional and careful when he was working on my car. Those are the qualities I look for in a Mechanic. I would recommend him to all my friends and family!


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Los Gatos?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2014 Volkswagen Beetle $316 $220.08 $95.98 9% $349.08
2013 Nissan Quest $300 $180.17 $119.98 12% $341.42
2009 Toyota Tundra $254 $174.40 $79.99 9% $281.90
2007 Mercedes-Benz SL550 $294 $214.14 $79.99 8% $321.64
2006 Acura RL $260 $180.17 $79.99 9% $287.67
2012 Porsche Cayman $1570 $1306.03 $263.96 5% $1660.78

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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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