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YourMechanic Car Starter Repair Service in San Jose

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4.8/5

Number of Reviews

53

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Ruben

21 years of experience
115 reviews
Ruben
21 years of experience
Hyundai Sonata - Starter - San Jose, California
Car wouldn't start. Brought it to a mechanic who said that starter needed changing. Ruben determined problem was really bad battery. Saved me over $300 in unneeded repairs.
Toyota Corolla - Starter - San Jose, California
Good guy,friendly and got thing done efficiently!!

Pardeep

19 years of experience
578 reviews
Pardeep
19 years of experience
Honda Accord - Starter - San Jose, California
Called and confirmed address. He showed up on time and completed the work as contracted in about an hour.
BMW Z4 - Starter - San Jose, California
Was skeptical using this service at first but Pardeep arrived on time and got finished early. Excellent service.

Khoa

18 years of experience
360 reviews
Khoa
18 years of experience
Toyota Camry - Starter - San Jose, California
Khoa was ontime for the scheduled time and was very professional through the whole experience. Originally I had ordered a replacement starter, and Khoa went out of his way to diagnose every possible means so that I didn't have to pay for a complete replacement. Unfortunately the starter was the issue, but I very much appreciate the extra 20 min Khoa spent to save me money!
Nissan Murano - Starter - San Jose, California
Came to get the job done and suggestive afterwards. Just glad to get my car running smoothly. Thanks Khoa!

Robert

29 years of experience
567 reviews
Robert
29 years of experience
Chevrolet Malibu - Starter - San Jose, California
Robert was great! He was very friendly and professional. My car starter went out on me my days before Christmas and being a single mom, I was very worried about the cost. He went out of his way to get my car fixed before his next appointment. The cost was so reasonable. I will use him again soon for sure. Thank you so much Robert.
Ford Fusion - Starter - San Jose, California
Whole process went smoothly. Robert was on time. Repaired the car on time with no issues.

Tom

40 years of experience
205 reviews
Tom
40 years of experience
Toyota Corolla - Starter - San Jose, California
Tom was extremely helpful and courteous. He was also flexible with his time. The overall experience was convenient and value for money
Chevrolet Camaro - Starter - San Jose, California
Mr. Gaynor's service was beyond my expectation. He was courteous, very knowledgable, neat, very, very thorough, explained every detail...would rate 6 stars if possible. I would not hesitate using this service again.

Robert

10 years of experience
76 reviews
Robert
10 years of experience
Acura TL - Starter - San Jose, California
Robert was so efficient! Replaced the starter on my old Acura in less than an hour. He was punctual, friendly, and helpful.

Adrian

10 years of experience
39 reviews
Adrian
10 years of experience
Toyota Sienna - Car Starter Repair - San Jose, California
tested the battery first to makes sure it was not the problem, suggested replacing the battery first before replacing the starter. Vey knowledgeable and efficient. Great Work - thanks!

Jeffrey

19 years of experience
55 reviews
Jeffrey
19 years of experience
Mazda Tribute - Starter - San Jose, California
He is polite,professional and on time. Explained what he was going to do and went over the entire service when completed.

Craig

14 years of experience
67 reviews
Craig
14 years of experience
Toyota Pickup - Starter - San Jose, California
Craig was great to deal with in every respect. He was on time and replaced the starter quickly. He even gave me some recommendations for unrelated maintenance issues. I highly recommend Craig as an able mechanic and really a nice guy to work with.

Dave

21 years of experience
303 reviews
Dave
21 years of experience
Plymouth Grand Voyager - Starter - San Jose, California
Dave must know his stuff. He diagnosed the problem as soon as I told him what happens when you turn the key on, before we even approached the vehicle.


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in San Jose?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2012 Volkswagen CC $322 $226.48 $95.98 9% $355.48
2008 Mazda 6 $292 $212.33 $79.99 8% $319.83
2007 Ford Escape $301 $204.58 $95.98 9% $333.58
2015 BMW 650i xDrive $745 $489.00 $255.96 10% $833.00
2012 Cadillac CTS $341 $229.38 $111.98 10% $379.88
2005 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG $392 $295.61 $95.98 7% $424.61

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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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