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Gary

26 years of experience
226 reviews
Gary
26 years of experience
Gary is awesome. He gets the job done efficiently while explaining the issue; he knows exactly what is going on and how to fix it. He even went out of his way to get to my place early and got it fixed right away. I highly recommend him to anyone (especially all my friends and family).
Awesome! Gary was early, he communicated very professionally. He also saved me money, a local rip-off joint garage had recommended I have my coolant changed, he checked it and said it was fine, and amended my bill. I had to have a warrantied starter replaced which I had to exchange in person, and Gary removed the defective part and installed the new part in a very reasonable amount of time. He is now our mechanic! I have been ripped off by 2 local garages in the Walnut Creek, CA area and I am so relieved and thrilled to have found a mechanic I can trust.

David

15 years of experience
618 reviews
David
15 years of experience
David was one of the most reliable mechanics I have ever experienced. He was very knowledgeable and very polite and did the job very fast very good. he will be the first I call if I ever need anything else for my Jeep.

Carlos

24 years of experience
122 reviews
Carlos
24 years of experience
Carlos was the best! The repair wast fast, and Carlos is a nice guy!

Landen

20 years of experience
6 reviews
Landen
20 years of experience
Landen showed up early to my appointment and did a fantastic job replacing my starter. He was professional, friendly and meticulous. This is my first time using this service and I would definitely recommend Landen as well as YourMechanic to my friends and family. Thank you Landen for a job well done!

Daniel

10 years of experience
54 reviews
Daniel
10 years of experience
Daniel was polite and professional, finished the job quickly, asked a few questions to figure out what was going on with the car, composed a report.

Bryan

13 years of experience
17 reviews
Bryan
13 years of experience
Great Job! I'm back on the road... Thanks again!

Tomas

12 years of experience
226 reviews
Tomas
12 years of experience
Smooth process

Vytas

7 years of experience
62 reviews
Vytas
7 years of experience
Vytas did a good and efficient job for us and we would recommend him to other patrons.

Matthew

32 years of experience
817 reviews
Matthew
32 years of experience
Matthew was very friendly and helpful. Very knowledgeable about my Mitsubishi . He did a great and quick job in replacing my starter and getting my car up and running again.

John

35 years of experience
344 reviews
John
35 years of experience
John was courteous, professional, and most importantly, is an excellent technician.


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Martinez?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2014 Mazda 3 Sport $320 $240.00 $79.99 7% $347.50
2006 Nissan Altima $297 $217.09 $79.99 8% $324.59
2007 Hyundai Azera $300 $204.11 $95.98 9% $333.11
2015 Mini Cooper $629 $516.67 $111.98 5% $667.17
2005 BMW 325xi $823 $519.00 $303.96 11% $927.50
2016 BMW M6 $886 $685.66 $199.97 7% $954.41

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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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