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Number of Reviews

4,963

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Duane

23 years of experience
376 reviews
Duane
23 years of experience
On time, very pleasant & ready to start work. I was amazed at how quickly my car was ready to go.

Charles

15 years of experience
176 reviews
Charles
15 years of experience
Charles was very professional and nice. He helped me understand the problem with my car and what needed to be done to get me back on the road.

Phillip

17 years of experience
208 reviews
Phillip
17 years of experience
Clean, fast, efficient & respectful.. I would recommend Phillip..

Richard

9 years of experience
448 reviews
Richard
9 years of experience
First-time user of Your Mechanic and was very happy. Richard was very helpful and efficient.

Andrew

21 years of experience
169 reviews
Andrew
21 years of experience

Dustin

10 years of experience
12 reviews
Dustin
10 years of experience
Dustin came 20 minutes early and was very friendly and professional. I would recommend this service to others.

Vladimir

8 years of experience
214 reviews
Vladimir
8 years of experience
Vladimir was on time and ready to go. There was one bolt that just couldn't be broken and Vladimir was able to get the starter off with no problem. Took Vladimir about 20 minutes to change the starter. Come to find out the starter was the original factory installed unit. Again my thanks!

David

24 years of experience
71 reviews
David
24 years of experience
Called ahead of appointment, was on time, diagnosed issue (wasn't problem I thought), required job and finished in the dark by flaslight! Honest, friendly and knowledgeable.

Michael

25 years of experience
226 reviews
Michael
25 years of experience
Friendly guy, knew his stuff!

Kiri

18 years of experience
372 reviews
Kiri
18 years of experience
He reached on time, did requested job properly and finished early as per given duration. Inspected car as well. I found his work quite good and worth.


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Valley Center?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2012 Nissan Titan $392 $231.93 $159.98 12% $446.93
2007 Honda Accord $500 $339.98 $159.98 9% $554.98
2004 Ford Taurus $308 $228.46 $79.99 8% $335.96
2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 $1251 $1042.73 $207.97 5% $1322.23
2009 BMW 535i xDrive $652 $444.30 $207.97 9% $723.80
2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK55 AMG $569 $392.59 $175.97 9% $629.09

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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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