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Old 04-01-2012, 11:13 PM   #1
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Reman starters any good

My starter is dieing I'm looking through and what's best for the money
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Bosh, beck arnely, denso , and a cheaper one .. Should I spend more and buy new or get a reman
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:31 AM   #2
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fuck new. Get either a used oem one or just get one from autozone. Most are the same, different quality standards. Stay away from kregans...I have to many issues with them. But get one with lifetime warrenty.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:54 AM   #3
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Alright autozone or napa huh... All I get is I put my key in and flick it and nothing but I can hear the gas going into the head ..... I tapped on the starter and it started like nothing was wrong ..... So I'm thinking my starters done
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:58 AM   #4
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If you can take apart the starter motor, or starter solenoid, you could clean contacts provided there is enough meat left on the contacts.

I have re-man starter motor on my car for last 40k miles with no problem.
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i don't have any qualms about using re manufactured starters either. They're cheaper than buying brand new and easier to find to be honest. Now i have used one that i grab from the salvage yard for the 5spd conversion but you have to be smart about those and not grab one where the hood was open exposing it to the elements. It would also be very wise to have it tested before installing.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:28 AM   #6
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The remans are just as good as the one you can rebuild. All you need is to replace are the contacts, the plunger or just sand smooth out the plunger. It cost around $25 or so.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:51 AM   #7
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About two months ago, I went to Autozone and was trying to get a new solenoid for my starter because mine was going out. And the starter was $82 and the solenoid was like $95. I could not believe it was more, even the guy working there could not believe it. Long story short, I bought the aftermarket one with a lifetime warranty.
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Alright autozone or napa huh... All I get is I put my key in and flick it and nothing but I can hear the gas going into the head ..... I tapped on the starter and it started like nothing was wrong ..... So I'm thinking my starters done
ive never had anything good from napa! all i ever got was junk! i went thru 6 starters, 3 water pumps and 4 caps on my s10, before i realized it was cuz napa only carries junk! ever since i used autozone or advanceauto they r all holding up fine.

i would say starter is done for the cheapest rout id get one at you're near by jy.
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ive never had anything good from napa! all i ever got was junk! i went thru 6 starters, 3 water pumps and 4 caps on my s10, before i realized it was cuz napa only carries junk! ever since i used autozone or advanceauto they r all holding up fine.

i would say starter is done for the cheapest rout id get one at you're near by jy.
Well that sucks.. it's been the complete opposite for me out here.
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Old 04-05-2012, 12:14 AM   #10
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yes it does!!! and im not bs, even my buddys know to stay away from napa parts lmao. but it could be just the 3 napas around my area.
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Old 04-05-2012, 01:48 AM   #11
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Just to clarify, "Reman" starters are just rebuild OEM starters.
They are perfectly fine to use.

The only things that really fail in the first place are the Solenoids.
The starter brushes and solenoid contacts simply wear out, as can be expected on any motor/solenoid.


Personally I'd take a rebuilt OEM starter over an aftermarket starter anyday.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:25 PM   #12
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I just replaced the starter in my '93 Accord yesterday. Car has 328K on it, 200+k are miles I have put on myself. I was going to order a Nippon Denso reman off of Amazon but knew it was going to take a week to get and decided I couldn't wait that long. Got an "Optima" reman from O'Reilly Auto Parts which was in stock for $80 + tax after core charge refund. I LOVE it! They must have remanufactured it with some newer different type of technology because it has a completely different sound when it turns over. It literally sounds like a different, newer car when you turn it over and it starts lightning fast. I have to admit I was skeptical when I opened the box and took out the starter and it said 'remanufactured in Malaysia', but the documentation was excellent and so is the warranty. Needless to say I am very happy with my choice so far.

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I just replaced the starter in my '93 Accord yesterday. Car has 328K on it, 200+k are miles I have put on myself. I was going to order a Nippon Denso reman off of Amazon but knew it was going to take a week to get and decided I couldn't wait that long. Got an "Optima" reman from O'Reilly Auto Parts which was in stock for $80 + tax after core charge refund. I LOVE it! They must have remanufactured it with some newer different type of technology because it has a completely different sound when it turns over. It literally sounds like a different, newer car when you turn it over and it starts lightning fast. I have to admit I was skeptical when I opened the box and took out the starter and it said 'remanufactured in Malaysia', but the documentation was excellent and so is the warranty. Needless to say I am very happy with my choice so far.

Just my .02....
worn out starters have a funny noise sometimes.
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:34 AM   #14
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Here is my view:

1) Reman OEM starter meant they historically had a problem with it. It was given as an exchange and subsequently fixed. Hence why some parts places have exhange programs.

2) Reman OEM starters are subject to business interest (of what is still plenty of life, is cost to put another 15-20 yrs of life worth the price it is sold for since these cars are old, ownership retention are low and risk of not lasting past the warranty period is low). They can subjectively choose what part/s to change only.

4) Reman OEM starters have been opened and can be subject to human error. Hence why some are reliable and others repetitive junk is purchased. It depends on the quality of the work and experience of the person repairing them.

5) Reman OEM starters may easily just have been picked from the JY, tested to still work, cleaned on the outside, spray painted the outside and repackaged with a premium price tag for the superficial work.

My Choice: 2nd hand Junk Yard

Why?

1) 99.9999% of cars in the JY are usually in there for other reasons other than a faulty starter. It will work.

Sure they are old but you can pick and choose from a lower mileage vehicle.

2) OEM examples have lasted 15 to 20 yrs. I would say many more originals are still going. In any case unopened OEM from the JY are rock solid and would have plenty of life for the regular poor joe (that may not be retaining their CB for another 20 yrs).

3) JY often give you a warranty so there is still peace of mind.

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