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Old 05-23-2005, 12:10 PM
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Starter Rebuild, any concerns

My brother-in-law had to get towed yesterday. New battery, and blower and other electrical stuff works. Turn the key and "click click click." I suggested to him that he pull his starter and take it in to get it tested.

I know some have had their starters rebuilt. But given the recent posts about how these are not automotive-specific starters, does anyone have any concerns about letting an automotive-specific shop do the rebuild?
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Old 05-23-2005, 12:22 PM
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I never really thought about it, what exactly is different between the two?
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Old 05-23-2005, 12:29 PM
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I had mine rebuilt last year. The place that did the rebuild knew how to rebuild marine starters. Not sure what exactly is different about them. I went ahead and bought a new marine starter and now have the "old" rebuilt one as backup.
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Old 05-23-2005, 12:38 PM
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does anyone have any concerns about letting an automotive-specific shop do the rebuild?
I'm not sure that many of the shops that rebuild starters are automotive-specific. Most of the shops I've had to deal with rebuilt starters for just about anything, boats, motorcycles, farm equipment, and other really odd engines.
Your best bet would be to ask them what, if anything, they do different for a boat starter.
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Old 05-23-2005, 12:45 PM
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Thanks. I'll pass it on to him.
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Old 05-23-2005, 01:25 PM
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I believe it's just a metal plate covering part of it to keep the sparks contained.

Take it to a "mom & pop" shop that rebuilds auto starters. They'll be able to rebuild it & keep it "marinized" no problem. I'd be concerned about taking it to "pep boyz" or something like that.
Same thing goes with your alternator as far as I'm concerned.
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Old 05-23-2005, 01:55 PM
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I took the one off my 88 tri-star to an auto rebuild place and it was going to cost more for him to order marine specific pieces he need than I wanted to spend really. He told me he had a regular car one I could have for $40.00 and if it ever needs rebuilt he can do it in less time and for another $40.00 so I went that route. Works just fine.
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Old 05-23-2005, 01:58 PM
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I took the one off my 88 tri-star to an auto rebuild place and it was going to cost more for him to order marine specific pieces he need than I wanted to spend really. He told me he had a regular car one I could have for $40.00 and if it ever needs rebuilt he can do it in less time and for another $40.00 so I went that route. Works just fine.

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Old 05-23-2005, 02:18 PM
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tennesseeski,

uhhhhh, not good. you don't go with a "marine" because of longevity, it's safety. Get that sucker out before you blow yourself up!!
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Old 05-23-2005, 02:21 PM
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Not sure where you are in TN, but these guys are great to deal with.
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Get yourself a marine starter, and be safe.
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