Car Starter Repair at your home or office in Santa Cruz.

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$156.39 - $1,106.54

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

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John

25 years of experience
457 reviews
John
25 years of experience
John went above and beyond expectations. It is rare to find a auto mechanic that is so dedicated to his craft and to make sure the customer is satified with the work performed. I will recomend him to all my family and friends.
Very professional

Jose

14 years of experience
294 reviews
Jose
14 years of experience
Excellent, very professional, prompt. He was able to repair my car. Highly recommended. Thank you Jose
he was extremely polite and professional made me feel like i made the right choice

Richard

4 years of experience
1 reviews
Richard
4 years of experience
Richard was amazing! He was knowledgeable and did a great job troubleshooting exactly what needed to be fixed. He was very professional and nice and really took care of me. He way outdid my expectations!

Brandon

23 years of experience
27 reviews
Brandon
23 years of experience
Brandon arrived early and started right away. Contacted me when he was finished replacing the starter on my Malibu. Showed me that indeed it was a new starter and had be try it out. Car started up as if it was brand new. He even checked my brakes for me as I had some concerns. He did this for free... I'd highly recommend Brandon if your vehicle needs a little tlc.

Jose

8 years of experience
285 reviews
Jose
8 years of experience
On-time, professional, and went the extra mile to ensure I was taken care of. Can't recommend him high enough.

Danny

9 years of experience
269 reviews
Danny
9 years of experience
I had a great experience with Danny. Very knowledgeable about my car and very helpful. Patient and professional with my many questions. I will definitely request Danny for my next appointment.

Dave

21 years of experience
303 reviews
Dave
21 years of experience
Dave was awesome as always. He arrived a few minutes early, but when I wasn't ready for him, he was very understanding and waited patiently while I went to search for the keys so that he could work on my girlfriend's car. The job was supposed to take about an hour, but Dave finished in around 45 minutes. I started up the car and it purred like a sleeping cat. Seriously, this guy is the best.

Juan

20 years of experience
70 reviews
Juan
20 years of experience
Good

Luis

16 years of experience
186 reviews
Luis
16 years of experience
He's a professional and so knowledgeable, I recommend this service to my friends.

Steven

12 years of experience
425 reviews
Steven
12 years of experience
Great communication!! Great knowledge!! Very prompt and efficient!! Would definitely recommend Your Mechanic and Steven to anyone that needs their car serviced!! Best mechanic experience without the overblown prices!!


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Santa Cruz?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2015 Chevrolet Equinox $241 $161.43 $79.99 10% $268.93
2015 Jeep Cherokee $425 $312.84 $111.98 8% $463.34
2007 Jeep Commander $285 $189.08 $95.98 10% $318.08
2004 Cadillac DeVille $494 $317.81 $175.97 10% $554.31
2015 Acura RLX $379 $299.28 $79.99 6% $406.78
2012 Maserati Quattroporte $430 $333.67 $95.98 7% $462.67

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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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