Car Starter Repair at your home or office in Vista.

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Number of Reviews

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Jeremiah

11 years of experience
73 reviews
Jeremiah
11 years of experience
Yo this dude is awesome sauce! I typically don't require help when it comes to maintenance but this guy has forever changed that. Less than 45 minutes and my starter was changed and i was rolling again. Only takes 1x to win me over! 落
Great experience. Happy car happy customer

Trevor

20 years of experience
167 reviews
Trevor
20 years of experience
Excellent job, and very efficient.

James

29 years of experience
481 reviews
James
29 years of experience
James did a wonderful job. He changed out the starter with out a hitch and now I do not half to worry about an intermittent functioning starter. I was going to change it myself and then looked at the hassle of it...I did not want to deal with it. James made it look easy, but I knew it would have been a chore for me. He was very nice and professional. Gave me some recommendations without being a sales person. I felt he was honest and sincere. If you have a need for a mechanic, James is a great person to call up to the plate. YourMechanic is a great service! James...Thank You for doing a great job! Oh, on a side note, if this was done at a shop, the mechanic would probably not have finished in a couple of hours. I was up and driving around very quickly...not an all day project.

John

25 years of experience
457 reviews
John
25 years of experience
Changed my starter. Job well done will definitely use him for future vehicle problems!

Ben

39 years of experience
1117 reviews
Ben
39 years of experience
Ben brings professionalism to another level. He is thorough in his inspections, savvy and experienced! Ben also fashions a superb work ethic! The guy is just plain nice too! He even washed my car.

Joe

41 years of experience
704 reviews
Joe
41 years of experience
Great guy awesome personality and super professional

Kevin

22 years of experience
246 reviews
Kevin
22 years of experience
he replace the starter in good timing and I recommend Kevin to everyone thank you Kevin what you did.

Damir

21 years of experience
13 reviews
Damir
21 years of experience
Outstanding Mechanic

Paul

16 years of experience
30 reviews
Paul
16 years of experience

Nathan

15 years of experience
185 reviews
Nathan
15 years of experience
Nathan replaced the starter in my Honda Accord. 180k miles and starts like it’s brand new. Thanks, Nathan!


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Vista?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2006 Kia Magentis $341 $253.44 $87.98 8% $371.69
2014 Ram 3500 $1228 $1148.42 $79.99 2% $1255.92
2015 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen $395 $307.45 $87.98 7% $425.70
2010 Cadillac CTS $317 $204.67 $111.98 10% $355.17
2014 Audi TT Quattro $552 $455.80 $95.98 5% $584.80
2011 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.

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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