Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Lexington, SC
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Damn... Reman Starters Really Suck... just venting
Well last month, November, my starter decided to die. Well i run mud most of the times and I was fortunate that it lasted about a year. I got the new alternator December 5. Got it shimmed correctly, thanks LEVE. Only drove the jeep from front of house to rear of house. Then last weekend I went out on a trail ride. Not much mud this time of year. Only found two little holes and did not even get the starter in the water. In the middle of the day after a little lunch break. I tried to start the jeep. No GO. The solinoid will move, but not the starter. Well the rest of the day i was pull started, and i got home without a hitch. I pulled the starter and cables. Took everything to the local Discount Auto store. Guess what the starter had locked up. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/mad.gif[/img] I looked at the starter when i pulled it and it was real clean and all the stickers where still showing the letters and words. Well I got the lifetime warrenty (3 replacements) and they gave me a new starter. A cool thing was the counter girl forgot to indicate it was swapepd back this time, so i still have two more replacments coming my way. My vent is i wish they would last a little longer. I did not even play hard this time. [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
It is weird that I used the same discount store and this new starter came with shims and paperwork showing how to install them. Two shims on the starter and it fit and started so nicely. I also changes out my wires from cruddy 6 gauge up to nice and shiny 4 gauge [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/wink.gif[/img] they had the 2 gauge, but not in my size and i did not feel like cutting and adding on new ends.
Even though the starter rebuild are iffy quality at times, i still like the "lifetime" warranty, even though it is for 3 replacement starters, better than nothing.
The price i have to pay owning my jeep... yeah i still love it.
Dan Stewart 1963 CJ5 "Caloosa Jeepers" member