Car Starter Repair at your home or office in Takoma Park.

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YourMechanic Car Starter Repair Service

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

4,963

Rating Summary
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Chris

14 years of experience
418 reviews
Chris
14 years of experience
I was really worried after I booked the appointment and later on saw the low ratings and reviews . I decided to just keep the appointment and hope for the best and that's what I got . Chris was really great and he replaced my starter in less than an hour. He was pleasant to talk to and I didn't feel like he would try to get over on me because I'm a woman. ( believe me it happens) We will definitely go for " your mechanic " again IF we can get Chris!

Isai

25 years of experience
230 reviews
Isai
25 years of experience
The only problem with the whole process was the first available appointment was 5 days after my car stopped running, this could be a problem if I had a emergency. Everything else was awesome.
Thanks Isai! You are a rocking Renaissance Man. For anyone considering being serviced by YourMechanic, by Isai in particular, you are in great hands!

Damian

9 years of experience
401 reviews
Damian
9 years of experience
Job was good and quick! I’m glad to have had Damian as my mechanic!

Chris

16 years of experience
120 reviews
Chris
16 years of experience
Awesome, very knowledgeable. I thought it was my alternator but he looked at it and did his thing and saw that it was my starter. Saved me lots of money. He came back and in 20 minutes it was done.

Kevin

23 years of experience
19 reviews
Kevin
23 years of experience
n/a

John

18 years of experience
426 reviews
John
18 years of experience
Very skilled professional. I rightly recommend.

Jerome

14 years of experience
68 reviews
Jerome
14 years of experience
None at this time

John

34 years of experience
315 reviews
John
34 years of experience
Thank you for your timely and professional and courteous and excellent job!

Tien

21 years of experience
901 reviews
Tien
21 years of experience
Very professional and friendly. Definitely will recommend to my friends. Car runs great !

Torrieanto

10 years of experience
483 reviews
Torrieanto
10 years of experience
Painless


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Takoma Park?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2010 Kia Forte $227 $147.29 $79.99 10% $254.79
2010 Kia Magentis $354 $273.68 $79.99 7% $381.18
2009 GMC Savana 2500 $296 $216.20 $79.99 8% $323.70
2004 Acura RSX $393 $233.49 $159.98 12% $448.49
2004 BMW 325i $698 $441.55 $255.96 11% $785.55
2007 Jaguar S-Type $327 $247.48 $79.99 7% $354.98

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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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How can we help?

Our service team is available 7 days a week, Monday - Friday from 6 AM to 5 PM PST, Saturday - Sunday 7 AM - 4 PM PST.

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