Hi 94 Newmar,
Thank you very much for going to the trouble to call Hite and find out the information on the rebuild cost, etc. Fortunately, I found a rebuilder here in Harlingen who replaced the gear and shaft mechanism for $120 and I picked it up from him last night. I found out quite a bit about the Nippondenso starter from him. He told me it's the same starter on all CAT backhoes, as well as inline Dodge truck engines. The differences are the gear because of the different flywheels on the above. He assured me it was a very good starter and has seen very little problems with them over the years, which is good to know.
When I pulled the starter off, I found that the end gear had been eaten away about 1/4 inch. Also, the throw-out shaft was very loose and I could actually push it in and out. Fortunately, it didn't mess up my flywheel. Undoubtedly, the teeth on the starter gear are softer. Anyway, I'm getting ready to install it this morning and that should get us back on the road.
Again, let me thank you for your trouble. I joined IRV2 nine years ago and proudly carry their decal on the back of my MH and also my toad. It has been a great help over the years for me as well as many other Rvers.
Larry & Norma, Dallas, Texas
2001 39 ft. National Tradewinds LTC
2003 Suzuki GV ] PressurePro TPMS