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YourMechanic Car Starter Repair Service in San Francisco

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

39

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Alfred

11 years of experience
326 reviews
Alfred
11 years of experience
Toyota Yaris - Starter - San Francisco, California
Alfred messaged me and offered to come earlier (which was perfect for me). He was very helpful explaining what was going out with my car and fixed everything really fast. Definitely using his services again!
Ford Ranger - Starter - San Francisco, California
Arrived on time he was quick to replace a starter on my truck it would've taken my husband hours to replace . Alfred took half hour he is a very smart person . I would use him for future repairs.

Chris

14 years of experience
409 reviews
Chris
14 years of experience
Honda Odyssey - Starter - San Francisco, California
I was really worried after I booked the appointment and later on saw the low ratings and reviews . I decided to just keep the appointment and hope for the best and that's what I got . Chris was really great and he replaced my starter in less than an hour. He was pleasant to talk to and I didn't feel like he would try to get over on me because I'm a woman. ( believe me it happens) We will definitely go for " your mechanic " again IF we can get Chris!
Land Rover Range Rover Sport - Starter - San Francisco, California
Chris showed up on time and tested the faulty starter to make sure that was the the issue. It was and he described why they go bad in Rovers. He was quick and he made sure that the car started once he was finished. Chris is highly professional, courteous and knowledgeable. Exactly what you're looking for in a mechanic. I highly recommend him!

Grzegorz

39 years of experience
472 reviews
Grzegorz
39 years of experience
Toyota Corolla - Starter - San Francisco, California
Gzegorzs is everything you'd like in a mechanic. He was confident in his work, communicated each step very well and incredibly efficient. He knows engines inside and out. He even went above the call of duty by checking all my fluids, taking snapshots of some other areas that are in need of a tune-up and offered up some advice. I would use him and Yourmechanic again in the future.
BMW X3 - Starter - San Francisco, California
Greg is a boss. Took care of things when I didn't have the bandwidth to deal. And the one review he got that wasn't good was BS. Good dude, and honest. Overall great situation.

John

34 years of experience
314 reviews
John
34 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz E320 - Starter - San Francisco, California
There is additional work that needs to be done with the car. The reading for a previous auto mechanic's scan stated P0040 - Upstream O2 sensor swapped Bank to Bank.Possible causes Crossed Heated Oxygen Sensor harness connection; Wiring swapped from one Oxygen Sensor to the other; Wiring changed at the computer connection or in the harness.This time it was P0100 - Mass Air Flow Sensor. Possible causes MAF Sensor circuit open or shorted; Intake air leaks (unmetered are after MAF Sensor); Defective MAF Sensor; Electronic Control Module (ECM) Powertrain Module (PCM) concern.
Ford Explorer - Car Starter Repair - San Francisco, California
Great guy, very skilled and efficient. Will call next time I need anything!

Andy

13 years of experience
12 reviews
Andy
13 years of experience
Honda Accord - Starter - San Francisco, California
Andy was great. My '99 Honda Accord wasn't starting so I booked a 9am inspection appointment at my house in San Francisco near Daly City. A few days before my appointment, Andy and I exchanged a few texts to try and troubleshoot the problem. When he arrived he was prepared and ready to go and had the correct part (starter) with him. He's a really nice, friendly guy, fast and efficient, and was able to do the work on my car parked on the sidewalk on a wet rainy day.

Tam

20 years of experience
251 reviews
Tam
20 years of experience
Lexus RX300 - Starter - San Francisco, California
Really awesome experience, a true professional. Honest, transparent and easy to get along with. Would gladly request Tam again and highly recommend him!

Les

15 years of experience
15 reviews
Les
15 years of experience
Nissan Altima - Starter - San Francisco, California
Les arrived early, which was nice! He was friendly and very professional. I really appreciated that. Your quote was actually cheaper than my regular auto shop - which is already a bargain! So that's very cool. I would definitely recommend both Les and your service. Well done.

Zachar

40 years of experience
41 reviews
Zachar
40 years of experience
Honda Civic - Starter - San Francisco, California
Arrived right on time, worked efficiently and - most importantly - fixed the problem!


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in San Francisco?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2009 Honda Accord $269 $189.08 $79.99 9% $296.58
2006 Dodge Sprinter 2500 $368 $287.98 $79.99 6% $395.48
2014 Dodge Dart $339 $235.48 $103.98 9% $375.23
2004 Mini Cooper $459 $274.72 $183.97 12% $521.97
2011 Cadillac STS $392 $264.35 $127.98 10% $436.35
2011 Ford Mustang $323 $242.74 $79.99 7% $350.24

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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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