Car Starter Repair at your home or office in San Marcos.

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Number of Reviews

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Honorio

17 years of experience
759 reviews
Honorio
17 years of experience
Honorio is a highly competent mechanic, one can learn a lot watching him working and asking questions and he will happily share his knowledge.
Honorio is my new go-to mechanic. I love my mechanic who has worked on my car for the past decade, but times are a changing - and this is the future! Honorio was polite and courteous and he truly goes above and beyond! He came over to my house Saturday morning and confirmed it was my starter that needed to be replaced. I bought a new battery from AAA even though mine was only two years old thinking that it would solve the problem of my car having problems starting - stupid me. Honorio showed up almost a half hour early for our 9:30am appointment and was done by 9:45am (woohoo more weekend time for me)! We booked our next appointment for 10:30 Tuesday, since Monday was Memorial day. Low and behold, on Sunday Honorio contacted me saying he received the parts and if he could come on Monday, I said most definitely! I asked him if he could swing by in the morning, to which he asked how about 7am? Incredible! I'm barely awake at 7am so we settled on 9am. He again was 20 minutes early and got to work right away. Success! My car started and he applied the inspection credit to this service. He also told me this part was wearing down under my hood (which my other mechanic had also told me awhile ago). Honest and guy really knows his stuff. Will ONLY be booking Honorio in the future for my repairs!

Lucas

19 years of experience
841 reviews
Lucas
19 years of experience
Lucas was fantastic, he had the job done in record time. He was very polite and made you relax that he had this handle with no problems. Thanks Lucas

Dan

37 years of experience
730 reviews
Dan
37 years of experience
Dan Arrived on time and was friendly and professional. He put a new starter on my car in a timely manner and did a great job!

Andrew

24 years of experience
72 reviews
Andrew
24 years of experience
Best mechanic I've ever met. Trustworthy, hardworking, reliable, and caring! Recommend to all friends and family.

James

28 years of experience
574 reviews
James
28 years of experience
He was on time and very honest about what I truly needed to get my car back running!

Anthony

15 years of experience
19 reviews
Anthony
15 years of experience
Anthony stayed in contact with me the whole time and got my car up and running again in a few hours.

Patrick

31 years of experience
1053 reviews
Patrick
31 years of experience
A1 customer service A1 work...Honest, reliable, and efficient / knowledgeable nobody does it any better...Let's just say if we won the lotto tonight he'd be our personal mechanic tomorrow and that says it all...

Nicholas

19 years of experience
348 reviews
Nicholas
19 years of experience
Nicholas did a great job in every way. Also, he's a really conscientious mechanic and a nice guy. I recommend him very highly.

Torey

23 years of experience
41 reviews
Torey
23 years of experience
Thorough and professional. Liked the car check at the end as well. Will use this service in the future for sure.

Chet

39 years of experience
440 reviews
Chet
39 years of experience
Once again Chet was awesome....he can work on my cars anytime.....great job!


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in San Marcos?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2009 Ford F-250 Super Duty $292 $212.47 $79.99 8% $319.97
2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee $516 $371.77 $143.98 8% $565.27
2012 Fiat 500 $289 $176.68 $111.98 11% $327.18
2007 Infiniti G35 $217 $136.68 $79.99 11% $244.18
2005 Lexus LS430 $688 $288.29 $399.95 16% $825.79
2011 Porsche Cayenne $2025 $961.14 $1063.86 15% $2390.89

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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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