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Old 04-25-2011, 01:47 PM
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2003 6.0L Starter issues?

On this truck that I just bought, the starter seems to act weird. I can turn the motor over for 1/4-1/2 second, then it stops turning the motor and sounds like the starter is free spinning. If I let off the key and let the starter motor come to a stop, I can then turn the key and for another 1/4-1/2 second it'll turn the motor then will repeat the free spinning. Every 5, 10, 50 tries (ie: randomly) it'll turn the motor over for 5-10 seconds before free spinning again.

I'm guessing this isn't normal for a Powerstroke? Would this be a worn starter, or something else causing it to act like this?
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:11 PM
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anyone else have this issue? Is it a worn starter, or something else?
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yes sounds like a starter. replace it with a factory ford starter. DO NOT put an aftermarket unit on it as more than likely you would be changing it again next year.
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cool, thanks for the heads up. Wasn't sure if I should have it rebuilt by a local alt / starter rebuild shop, or just bite the bullet and buy a replacement fomoco.
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either or, its up to you. definetly stick with a factory unit either way.
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I guess since I'm going to be dropping in a ctd at some point in the very near future, might just save a few bucks and have this one rebuilt locally.
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:55 AM
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now were talking lol!! good luck.
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Thanks. Going to go with either a 12v VE or P pump motor. I'm tired of electronics, sensors, PCM's etc. Would like the power of a VP44 motor, but don't want to screw with everything else at the moment. Hopefully the new software I bought will help me get the 6.0 back on the road so I can get a few more months of driving out of it.
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