Car Starter Repair at your home or office in Menlo Park.

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

4,903

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John

34 years of experience
315 reviews
John
34 years of experience
Thank you for your timely and professional and courteous and excellent job!

Michael

35 years of experience
39 reviews
Michael
35 years of experience
Absolutely exceptional service. Michael went out of his way to help me get my car back on the road. Would recommend Michael and YourMechanic without hesitation to anyone.

Carlos

26 years of experience
271 reviews
Carlos
26 years of experience
Excellent service provided!

Andrew

9 years of experience
542 reviews
Andrew
9 years of experience
Andrew, Was on time and had my truck running in about 30 minutes, very courteous and a pleasure to do business with. I would highly recommend his service if you have a vehicle that won't start and would like to avoid a tow charge to a repair shop. Thanks, Andy, hope I can return the service with business your way. Sincerely, Bill Corbett

Theodore

14 years of experience
1075 reviews
Theodore
14 years of experience
Great experience. Showed up on time and did the work very quickly and cleanly.

Kelly

32 years of experience
173 reviews
Kelly
32 years of experience
Kelly was amazing! I had made a mistake on the initial request, and he called me to help me correct it. Even with my mistake (he had to return to the parts store to get the correct part), he was still early, finished the job past my satisfaction and before the promised time of completion, and answered questions I had that had nothing to do with the work he performed. I highly recommend Kelly and will definitely be calling him again when I need to!

Kyle

10 years of experience
137 reviews
Kyle
10 years of experience
Second time in 10 days that Kyle has come to service my vehicles. Excellent mechanic. Did the jon both times with excellent result.

Joe

41 years of experience
704 reviews
Joe
41 years of experience
Joe replaced starter in my BMW. Knowledgable, good work. Works great now.

Brandon

18 years of experience
773 reviews
Brandon
18 years of experience
Got the job done quickly and efficiently. Problem solved!

Robert

16 years of experience
18 reviews
Robert
16 years of experience
Very satisfied


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Menlo Park?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2006 Nissan Frontier $244 $156.22 $87.98 11% $274.47
2010 Volvo C30 $288 $192.18 $95.98 10% $321.18
2014 Fiat 500 $335 $223.24 $111.98 10% $373.74
2007 Audi A4 $408 $328.36 $79.99 6% $435.86
2011 BMW X5 $603 $418.78 $183.97 9% $666.03
2004 Porsche Cayenne $1620 $1251.78 $367.95 7% $1746.28

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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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