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Question DetailsAsked on 8/19/2014

How do I find Auto Repair that comes to my house?

My 2005 Silverado won't start. I charged the battery & it makes a ticking noise. I need a mechanic to come to my house & if possible, fix it here.

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Here is a prior reply to that basic question that might help you -

If your headlights are strong after charging andinterior lights and radio and such work OK, then could be a starter solenoid which is not something most mobile mechanics would prefer to do at your home. Or could be a bad connection on the battery cables.

Look for signs of corrosion (typically yellowish or white powder at terminals or on top of battery). If any, then the battery cables need to be removed (negative [black] off first, on last) and the terminals and the inside of the cable connectors wire brushed with a battery cleaning tool like one of these -

then reassembled, preferably with corrosion-protection rings around the terminals and protective spray on the connections to keep them more corrosion resistant.

Other possibilities - electrical charging system problem, alternator or voltage regulator failure, or battery is on its last legs so cannot hold enough charge to start the car. If that is the case when you try to start it (though this will happen with bad cable connections too) the starter relay will just go clunk or chatter, or only crank very slowly if at all.

If this is the original battery I would give odds that corrosion at the cables/terminals, or the battery dying of old age is the likely cause.

Beware - if you get a mechanic to come and check it out, and it turns out to be too old a battery that will not hold a full charge anymore, they commonly carry aone with them - which might or might not be new, and are commonly very cheap box store or auto parts store batteries that they vastly overcharge for.

In our area, where qwe have true winters so a lot of people find out the hard way that their battery has lost its oomph, I have heard of mobile repair guys and tow trucks charging $250-350 (in addition ot their trip charge) for a new low-amphour capacity battery with 1-2 year warranty (if any), where a new high-capacity Diehard or Interstate might go for $125 or so.

To find a mobile mechanic, AL cannot help with that I don't think - google for mobile mechanic combined with your town name, then after you have some mobile mechanic company names, cross-check them on AL to see if they have reviews and ratings.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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