Car Starter Repair at your home or office in Oakland.

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$156.39 - $1,106.54

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

4,839

Rating Summary
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Derek

15 years of experience
21 reviews
Derek
15 years of experience
I was so happy to find this service! Derek was friendly and did such a great job fixing my car. I felt immediately that he was trustworthy. My car had been sitting for months and it was such a relief to have it fixed so quickly. And the prices are amazing!

Kyle

10 years of experience
28 reviews
Kyle
10 years of experience
The use of Your Mechanic is very easy! Kyle showed up to put a new starter on my car. He was on time, actually a few minutes early. He was very thorough, very knowledgeable and got the job done quick! I wasn't looking for quick, but he did it quick! He's a very respectful man. I'll definitely be using this service, and Kyle, again, very soon.

Joe

41 years of experience
702 reviews
Joe
41 years of experience
Joe did excellent work. Very effective, efficient and friendly! A+

Michael

23 years of experience
198 reviews
Michael
23 years of experience
Awesome guy, he was prepared with all tools needed to do the job and very knowledgeable about other issues to keep an eye out for.

Brandon

16 years of experience
269 reviews
Brandon
16 years of experience
On time, and great work!

Dave

21 years of experience
303 reviews
Dave
21 years of experience
Great job quick and efficient

Jeffrey

23 years of experience
105 reviews
Jeffrey
23 years of experience
Exceptional!

Steven

12 years of experience
425 reviews
Steven
12 years of experience
This is the second time I have used Stevens services and as always he is a great mechanic. Very professional and friendly. Gets the work done right the first time and in a timely manner. Highly reccomend his services.

Shay

26 years of experience
137 reviews
Shay
26 years of experience
Shay is GREAT! He arrived right on time, did some diagnostics, confirmed my problem and went to work. A vehicle that had not started for several months, was running in about an hour and a half. The fee was reasonable and totally worth it for the skill and professionalism he demonstrated. Based upon my description of the problem, the had all the parts he needed on his truck when he got here. This was my first time using an mobile mechanic and I am sold on this service now.

Lamont

28 years of experience
62 reviews
Lamont
28 years of experience
Lamont was very helpful. He was early for our appointment, knowledgeable and experienced. Lamont completed job quickly I would use again. Thx


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Oakland?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2012 Dodge Challenger $237 $156.65 $79.99 10% $264.15
2006 Mazda B2300 $403 $322.63 $79.99 6% $430.13
2011 Ford E-350 Super Duty $292 $212.47 $79.99 8% $319.97
2015 Lexus NX200t $260 $180.17 $79.99 9% $287.67
2009 Mercedes-Benz C350 $546 $418.33 $127.98 7% $590.33
2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG $569 $392.59 $175.97 9% $629.09

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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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