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Tabitha

17 years of experience
309 reviews
Tabitha
17 years of experience
Tabitha is everything you want in a mechanic. She texted me when the part came in and was right on schedule. She is courteous, professional, friendly, reliable etc. etc. She completed the starter replacement in under an hour and gave me a few good recommendations for future use. Thank you!
Tabitha is everything you want in a mechanic. She was on time and professional. She is very knowledgeable and friendly. She replaced a defective starter that she previously installed last week. She saw my note on the non-start engine and took the initiative to get another starter on her way to the appointment. Her hunch was correct that the previous starter was defective and installed the new one in under an hour! Great job!

Brandon

20 years of experience
773 reviews
Brandon
20 years of experience
Excellent work
He was on time and very professional.

Walter

46 years of experience
317 reviews
Walter
46 years of experience
Walter was on time and knowledgeable. He changed the starter, which got my car running again, he also explained what else was wrong and I was given a detailed report of how much the cost will be to fix everything. I will definitely use him again and referring him to my mom.
Wow! Another incredible job by expert mechanic Walter! He replaced a starter on our Sequoia in our cold garage with 15 degree freezing weather outside! It was a vey complicated job because our starter was hidden underneath and he was laying on a concrete cold floor working on it. Now Sequoia runs perfectly. Always ask for Walter as he definitely knows everything about cars and how to fix them! Highly recommend him!

Chris

15 years of experience
312 reviews
Chris
15 years of experience
Great service, very professional and knowledgeable

Duane

25 years of experience
491 reviews
Duane
25 years of experience
Duane is the man,he showed up on time did the job in efficient manner.very professional explained exactly what he did from testing to fixing the problem. Thanks again Donald

Grzegorz

41 years of experience
473 reviews
Grzegorz
41 years of experience
Precise, knowledgeable, quickl at job.

Matt

15 years of experience
130 reviews
Matt
15 years of experience
Would recommend Matt to anyone + he's Awesome, did a fabulous and quick job making a car crazy teenager very happy. Thanks!

Jennifer

19 years of experience
71 reviews
Jennifer
19 years of experience
Great

Nathaniel

10 years of experience
314 reviews
Nathaniel
10 years of experience
Excellent!

Chet

41 years of experience
483 reviews
Chet
41 years of experience


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Santee?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2015 Hyundai Santa Fe XL $317 $237.20 $79.99 7% $344.70
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander $930 $801.78 $127.98 4% $973.78
2016 Chevrolet Camaro $380 $300.00 $79.99 6% $407.50
2007 Land Rover LR3 $321 $241.39 $79.99 7% $348.89
2012 BMW X3 $801 $561.18 $239.97 9% $883.68
2016 Chevrolet Corvette $396 $300.00 $95.98 7% $429.00

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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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