Car Starter Repair at your home or office in Portola Valley.

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$156.39 - $1,106.54

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Number of Reviews

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Alfred

11 years of experience
342 reviews
Alfred
11 years of experience
Alfred shows up on time and didn’t try to sell Me anything that I didn’t need and he was quick
Thanks for help

Jerimiah

17 years of experience
328 reviews
Jerimiah
17 years of experience
Great job, we will ask for Jeremiah next time!
Excellent. On time, efficient, clean and professional.

Edgar

23 years of experience
41 reviews
Edgar
23 years of experience
Edgar was on time, friendly and did a great job. I would ask for him if I have any more car troubles.

Robert

29 years of experience
570 reviews
Robert
29 years of experience

Charles

15 years of experience
176 reviews
Charles
15 years of experience
Second service from Charles: on time, fast, friendly, no problems!

Charles

24 years of experience
134 reviews
Charles
24 years of experience
Fast, friendly and efficient

Eric

13 years of experience
125 reviews
Eric
13 years of experience
Arrived on time and did an outstanding job on my vehicle..This was my 1st time using this service, but I find it to be convenient and the prices are reasonable. I would definitely recommend Eric for your vehicle needs ..

Nathan

15 years of experience
195 reviews
Nathan
15 years of experience
Come on time and finish on time, professional service.

Rodric

12 years of experience
343 reviews
Rodric
12 years of experience
Great experience... Rodric was very punctual, did excellent work, fast ,clean & professional...I was very pleased!!!

Larry

11 years of experience
17 reviews
Larry
11 years of experience
Awesome guy! Super professional and fast. Will definitely recommend and use this service again


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Portola Valley?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2006 Pontiac G6 $360 $279.94 $79.99 7% $387.44
2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Classic $291 $194.84 $95.98 10% $323.84
2010 Subaru Impreza $235 $147.18 $87.98 11% $265.43
2004 Infiniti QX56 $544 $367.96 $175.97 10% $604.46
2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 2500 $389 $309.42 $79.99 6% $416.92
2006 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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