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Old 03-15-2006, 10:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is a good way to tell if a starter is going bad?

I think my starter is getting weak. Is there a way you can tell if it is or not? Can AutoZone check it? I would think they could only tell if it was bad or not. Like I said it just feels weak.
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Re: What is a good way to tell if a starter is going bad?

They can be load tested. I think AZ can do it.

You want around 200 rpm or more for starting. If you're not getting that, and you're sure your batteries, cables, and connections are good, then consider the starter.

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Re: What is a good way to tell if a starter is going bad?

I have found that it does not turn over to fast when hot.
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Re: What is a good way to tell if a starter is going bad?

If you need a new starter, go on ebay and get a 4kw starter for about $150. It was a huge improvement on my truck. Cold cranking is no problem with the starter.

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Re: What is a good way to tell if a starter is going bad?

How old are your batteries? I was concerned last summer about starter. Went and got 2 new batteries and problem solved. I still had original batteries and they were getting tired. Starter spun like a top after new batteries.
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Re: What is a good way to tell if a starter is going bad?

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How old are your batteries? I was concerned last summer about starter. Went and got 2 new batteries and problem solved. I still had original batteries and they were getting tired. Starter spun like a top after new batteries.

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They are brand new yellow top walmart batteries.
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Re: What is a good way to tell if a starter is going bad?

Yes AutoZone can test your starter. I 'believe' you have to remove it though. Removing the starter isn't hard to do. Just remember to disconnect the batteries first...don't ask how I know. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img]
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Re: What is a good way to tell if a starter is going bad?

I had mine tested at autozone according to them results were good. Still I had starting problems. Replaced both batterys still problems. New starter and problem is gone. The old starter would not spin fast eough to fire. Good luck....Brent [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif[/img]
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Re: What is a good way to tell if a starter is going bad?

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If you need a new starter, go on ebay and get a 4kw starter for about $150. It was a huge improvement on my truck. Cold cranking is no problem with the starter.

Mike

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I bought one of those $150 dollar starters....and it only lasted a week... HOWEVER the guy was very good about it. I sent the starter back and he sent my money back... Just something to think about... I could have just gotten a vacationing starer! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img]
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Re: What is a good way to tell if a starter is going bad?

I had a Slow spinning starter problem. Went to wally World to have batteries checked and they replaced one of the batteries. Still had a every slow and some times locking up starter (no start). Took the start off and took to Oreilly's auto parts for life time replacement. They tested the starter and it spun. Said starter was good. I said I was buying for a big account of theirs and machanic said it was bad. They tested the new starter and it spun much faster. They warranteed a new starter. Put it on and the truck starts like new. I wonder if the bad battery could have caused the starter problem? I understand that low power to electrical tools burn them up. Also the starter is easy except for top bolt I cut an open end boxed end wrench in half to get to that top bolt. I must admit I once installed the starter in wrong position so that it could not engage. Three bolts form equallateral triangle.
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Re: What is a good way to tell if a starter is going bad?

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Is there a way you can tell if it is or not? Can AutoZone check it?

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Ok, this is my old Redneck way of checking to see if it's a starter or Battery Problem.

Have a friend sit in the driverís seat and you stand in front of the truck. Have them turn the headlights then crank the motor over.
1. If your headlights dim a lot while cranking, then it's the batt's.
2. If your headlights just barely dim while cranking the starter, then it's your starter.
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