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Old 02-09-2012, 11:08 AM   #1
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Bad solenoid replace vs whole starter replace

I have a 2001 HR Endeavor with 39K miles. Was having starting problems so check the starter/solenoid and found the cable to be loose. Broke off the connect bolt trying to tighten it so I removed the starter/solenoid and took it to my diesel mechanic. They are recommending a whole new starter/solenoid vs just replacing the solenoid at a cost of around $250. Any thoughts on this? THX

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Old 02-09-2012, 11:36 AM   #2
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Take it to an auto parts store, they can check the starter to see if it needs replacing. Any NAPA or simular autoparts store will be able to check it.

I believe they might be trying to sell you something you don't need. Just my opinion.

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Old 02-09-2012, 11:43 AM   #3
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If it was me, [ my thoughts only] I would replace all, as starter can also be a problem later. When it is off, now is the time to change it.
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Old 02-09-2012, 04:51 PM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback. I'll probably end up replacing all as breaking down on a trip is no fun.
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:09 PM   #5
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Took mine to a local starter repair shop, He replaced the solenoid and cleaned and tested the starter for $40. He said this is fairly common on Cummins and he replaces with an upgraded solenoid.
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:24 PM   #6
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I'd just do the solenoid. Rebuilt half the time is just cleaned and repainted anyway.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:14 PM   #7
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Just the soleniod for me too.
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:12 PM   #8
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Just the soleniod for me too.
+1 Why replace something that is working?
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Old 02-09-2012, 10:20 PM   #9
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Replace the solenoid. If you are worried about the starter take it to a shop and have them replace the brushes.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:52 AM   #10
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If it where me, I would replace the starter with new/rebuilt complete. If you tear the starter down you will likely find the bushings worn, as well as the drive gear and brushes. I pulled mine off along with the alternator 2 years ago and had them rebuilt (they were both original and 10 years old) about $300 for both. If you do your own work, it's way better, and way less expensive in your driveway at home than in the middle of lost and found beside the road while on vacation. Imho starters, alternators, t/stats, belts and tensioners are normal ware items just like tires and brakes.
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The starter part of the starter unit was working just great prior to breaking off bolt. Those diesel starters are real heavy duty. I would just change the solenoid and put it back in. What wears out a starter is the amount of times you use it and not age. Motorhomes are not hard on starters.
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IF the connecting bolt has a brass nut on the wire side so it's like this

Nut/lug/nut (You may add lock washers as needed)

The Auto Parts store likely has a "Stud fixer"

You remove the nut (Carefully) and thread on the fixer (DO NOT TWIST THE STUD) TIghten it down and .. Job done.

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