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Old 10-10-2016, 06:27 PM   #1
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After Market Engine Starters

Does anyone have any first hand experience with new after market starters. These and rebuilt OEMs are close to the same price, but the new aftermarket are probably easier to come by and are available on Amazon with no shipping or tax in most cases at less than $200. I have no idea what a new Cat starter would cost and either way, I'll have the old one to play with for a spare.
I've been having intermittent problems off an on, but it eventually starts or at least so far it has. I've pretty much had to discount everything else and since I can hear the main solenoid on top of the starter clacking in and out.
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My Cat has a Denso starter from the factory, and there are re-build parts for those solenoids.
I'm in a park with less that slow Wi-fi and can't post pictures .
But if the solenoid cover, the shape of a baseball home plate , is held on by three small bolts , chances are yours is a Denso gear reduction unit too.
The two contacts and the plate that goes between them ; inside the solenoid cover ; are available for Chrysler products that use a smaller version of the starter, and are a common failure.
I'll make one attempt at posting photo.
EDIT: Came through , some times even removing these and cleaning them up will cure occasional no crank issues.
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My Cat has a Denso starter from the factory, and there are re-build parts for those solenoids.
I'm in a park with less that slow Wi-fi and can't post pictures .
But if the solenoid cover, the shape of a baseball home plate , is held on by three small bolts , chances are yours is a Denso gear reduction unit too.
The two contacts and the plate that goes between them ; inside the solenoid cover ; are available for Chrysler products that use a smaller version of the starter, and are a common failure.
I'll make one attempt at posting photo.
EDIT: Came through , some times even removing these and cleaning them up will cure occasional no crank issues.
Thanks for the info and will take all this into account for fixing up my existing starter and then carrying it on board for a spare. Haven't had a lot of luck with starters and replaced it twice in my gas coach, with rebuilt units from Auto Zone. They do give a lifetime warranty with those and should maybe check there before ordering from Amazon.
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A starter is one of those things you shouldn't skimp on....is there a local heavy truck dealer in your area? Best advice I have is get the delco or denso part # and call for a price on a NEW starter. You maybe surprised that there not much difference between new OEM and China built...
Sure auto zone and others have "lifetime" warranty, as many times as YOU want to change it they'll warranty it.
I've gotten paid to replace a lot of brand X rebuilt units...
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A starter is one of those things you shouldn't skimp on....is there a local heavy truck dealer in your area? Best advice I have is get the delco or denso part # and call for a price on a NEW starter. You maybe surprised that there not much difference between new OEM and China built...
Sure auto zone and others have "lifetime" warranty, as many times as YOU want to change it they'll warranty it.
I've gotten paid to replace a lot of brand X rebuilt units...
I agree and have been trying to figure out who's actually making these things. It appears that this one is a Delco, so whaddaya think?.....
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