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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

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Charles

32 years of experience
342 reviews
Charles
32 years of experience
He did a great job. No hassle.
Arrived a little bit early and finished in under an hour. Charles thoroughly test the vehicle to make sure it worked as expected. I could not have asked for more.

Sam

15 years of experience
115 reviews
Sam
15 years of experience
Sam is a great mechanic and a really personable guy. Thanks Sam

Derek

21 years of experience
71 reviews
Derek
21 years of experience
Derek is an excellent mechanic. He is thorough, knowledgeable, efficient, sees things that I didn't see, doesn't try to sell me services that I don't need, and just plain gets the job done. I am an amateur mechanic myself and I've dealt with my fair share of lousy mechanics, so I know a good mechanic when I see one.

Dwaine

43 years of experience
39 reviews
Dwaine
43 years of experience
Dwaine was very professional. He showed up at the appointment time with the correct parts for my truck, and immediately went to work replacing my starter. Within an hour or so the job was complete and my truck is up and running again. I would use this . I am service and Dwaine again. I am very pleased. Plus the job has a warranty.

Noe

34 years of experience
603 reviews
Noe
34 years of experience
very helpful in timely manner

Derek

15 years of experience
21 reviews
Derek
15 years of experience
Thanks Derek! Had issues with my Honda and he was able to come out and fix it no problem. It's hard to find a mechanic you can trust and Derek is one that you can.

Michael

14 years of experience
495 reviews
Michael
14 years of experience
When he came to complete the work he arrived on time (not easy considering I was a late appointment) and the work was finished in a timely manner Today I am back on the road thanks to Michael. Great mechanic and LOVE the convenience of Your Mechanic. Will use them again when needed and will request Michael work on my vehicle.

Patrick

13 years of experience
402 reviews
Patrick
13 years of experience
Great

James

13 years of experience
46 reviews
James
13 years of experience
I was very please with James. he was on time and very professional.

Bryan

21 years of experience
13 reviews
Bryan
21 years of experience
Bryan was AWESOME! He was very professional and patient with me.


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in San Rafael?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2015 Volkswagen Touareg $753 $617.27 $135.98 5% $800.02
2010 Mazda B2300 $300 $219.76 $79.99 8% $327.26
2006 Chevrolet Aveo $308 $227.83 $79.99 8% $335.33
2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 $627 $418.78 $207.97 10% $698.28
2005 Cadillac SRX $290 $210.44 $79.99 8% $317.94
2013 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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