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YourMechanic Car Starter Repair Service in San Mateo

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4.9/5

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7

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Grzegorz

39 years of experience
472 reviews
Grzegorz
39 years of experience
Excellent experience, on time and straight to the point. Grzegorz is very a knowledgeable mechanic. Very happy with the service he provided.
I wish I knew about this sooner! Got us out of a jam! I have already recommended your services to at least 25 people. Thank you!!!!!

Edgar

23 years of experience
41 reviews
Edgar
23 years of experience

Trung

10 years of experience
406 reviews
Trung
10 years of experience
Amazing service. Right on time. Really would love to have him come again.

John

34 years of experience
315 reviews
John
34 years of experience
Awesome mechanic, friendly

Eric

13 years of experience
125 reviews
Eric
13 years of experience
He was great. Thank you for your help

Duane

23 years of experience
376 reviews
Duane
23 years of experience
Duane was very helpful, courteous and the work was completed within the time indicated. Would recommend

Long

20 years of experience
32 reviews
Long
20 years of experience
Mr. Long was very fast and completely knew what he was doing. An honest mechanic is great to find. I will definitely want to use him in the future if I can request a specific mechanic.

Robert

18 years of experience
627 reviews
Robert
18 years of experience
Absolutely amazing!!!

Lance

12 years of experience
27 reviews
Lance
12 years of experience
Experienced and professional. Great mechanic. YourMechanic shines in SanAntonio

Alexander

24 years of experience
19 reviews
Alexander
24 years of experience
After two cancellations by a different mechanic I booked with Alexander and couldn't have been happier with his service. He arrived early to the appointment, diagnosed the problem (a bad starter), and did not waste any time in replacing the part. He worked quickly and efficiently and was very friendly and willing to explain what he was doing and why. I will definitely book with him again if needed and have already recommended him to my friends.


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in San Mateo?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2009 Chrysler Sebring $422 $277.95 $143.98 10% $471.45
2007 GMC Savana 1500 $356 $275.98 $79.99 7% $383.48
2007 Scion tC $260 $180.17 $79.99 9% $287.67
2015 Mercedes-Benz E400 $1365 $1092.94 $271.96 6% $1458.44
2014 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 $956 $875.52 $79.99 2% $983.02
2012 Porsche Panamera $1557 $1213.43 $343.95 7% $1675.68

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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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