Car Starter Repair at your home or office in Palo Alto.

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

8

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Mark

9 years of experience
349 reviews
Mark
9 years of experience
Mark is more than a mechanic, he's a trusted resource for helping me make decisions about my car!

Honorio

17 years of experience
750 reviews
Honorio
17 years of experience
A very good example of great customer oriented person/ professional.
The first day Honorios came 2hrs early, which was great for me. He took one look at my car and immediately knew what was wrong. Prices were fair and transparent. Only took 1.5 hrs to get my car running better than before. Glad to have my car back!

Enrique

19 years of experience
244 reviews
Enrique
19 years of experience
I had my reservations about having someone come to my home to repair my truck but not anymore. Enrique is totally respectful, professional and completed the repair correctly as well as inspected it for any other problems. I will not hesitate to call in the future.
Enrique was very knowledgable, helpful, and professional. He was efficient and made it a point to ensure he could book an appointment to fix my car as quickly as possible.

Tam

20 years of experience
251 reviews
Tam
20 years of experience

Whitney

37 years of experience
783 reviews
Whitney
37 years of experience

Edgar

23 years of experience
41 reviews
Edgar
23 years of experience

Chris

16 years of experience
334 reviews
Chris
16 years of experience
A true professional

Jared

19 years of experience
35 reviews
Jared
19 years of experience
It was great to fine a Mechanic that appreciated cars that are older than he is. It might just be my luck but he very knowledgeable on 60-70s Mustangs and appeared to know a lot about other makes and models. I will use Your Mechanic and request Jared in the future.

Carlos

15 years of experience
225 reviews
Carlos
15 years of experience
Carlos was extremely personable and had a big infectious smile that made him easy to be around. He appeared to be very knowledgeable about my vehicle and cars in general. And it all ended with a job well done. In fact, I already recommended him to a neighbor of my Mom who already booked him!

Michael

20 years of experience
77 reviews
Michael
20 years of experience
Great experience!!


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Palo Alto?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2012 Ferrari California $289 $192.93 $95.98 10% $321.93
2012 Kia Soul $347 $266.98 $79.99 7% $374.48
2011 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 HD $312 $216.20 $95.98 9% $345.20
2008 Mercedes-Benz SL550 $294 $214.14 $79.99 8% $321.64
2009 Mercedes-Benz GL550 $294 $214.14 $79.99 8% $321.64
2014 Porsche 911 $1011 $850.84 $159.98 5% $1065.84

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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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