Car Starter Repair at your home or office in Walnut Creek.

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$156.39 - $1,106.54

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4.2/5

Number of Reviews

5

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Pedro

12 years of experience
39 reviews
Pedro
12 years of experience
Very courteous and right on time. I appreciated the constant communication prior to the appointment.
absolutely great mechanic, very kind and friendly guy.

Gary

25 years of experience
226 reviews
Gary
25 years of experience
It's great to have the mechanic come to my car since the car didn't start. Otherwise it would have needed to be towed.
Awesome! Gary was early, he communicated very professionally. He also saved me money, a local rip-off joint garage had recommended I have my coolant changed, he checked it and said it was fine, and amended my bill. I had to have a warrantied starter replaced which I had to exchange in person, and Gary removed the defective part and installed the new part in a very reasonable amount of time. He is now our mechanic! I have been ripped off by 2 local garages in the Walnut Creek, CA area and I am so relieved and thrilled to have found a mechanic I can trust.

Brian

21 years of experience
238 reviews
Brian
21 years of experience
Brian is a top notch mechanic. He arrived on time. Replaced the defective part in minimum time. He was polite, friendly, and professional. I highly recommend him for your automotive repairs.

Lee

17 years of experience
94 reviews
Lee
17 years of experience
Lee arrived early, very knowledgeable and professional., did a great job, car starts like it did when new. Will highly recommend to my friends.

Scott

23 years of experience
10 reviews
Scott
23 years of experience
Scott was wonderful. He was very professional but communicable. He was very easy to talk to, he didn't speak down to me nor dismiss my input. I would call them again. They are my new mechanic.

Paul

31 years of experience
80 reviews
Paul
31 years of experience
Excellent technician. Timely, prompt and knowledgeable. Thanks for fixing my Honda with a new starter.

Attila

17 years of experience
427 reviews
Attila
17 years of experience
Great Experience, had to change the Engine Starter and did it within an hour. Very knowledgeable and made sure everything else was fine with the car, will contact him for any future repairs.

Noe

34 years of experience
604 reviews
Noe
34 years of experience
Noe did a great job, and explained what he worked on alongside plenty of photographs. We're planning to have him come back for additional work too!

Cognac

18 years of experience
73 reviews
Cognac
18 years of experience
outstanding job. slow and methodical. keeps you informed of everything that he is doing. well prepared for the job.

Cody

6 years of experience
97 reviews
Cody
6 years of experience
Cody was very professional, he knew what he was doing and was able to get the job done in a reasonable amount of time to where I was still able to make it to work.


How much does Car Starter Repair cost in Walnut Creek?

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

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2007 GMC Sierra 1500 $375 $279.43 $95.98 8% $408.43
2009 Dodge Dakota $254 $173.58 $79.99 9% $281.08
2009 Ford F-350 Super Duty $292 $212.47 $79.99 8% $319.97
2010 Cadillac Escalade ESV $312 $216.20 $95.98 9% $345.20
2012 Mercedes-Benz SLK250 $460 $379.77 $79.99 5% $487.27
2014 Ford Mustang $308 $228.28 $79.99 8% $335.78

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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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