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Old 07-05-2011, 02:04 PM
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Why are my starters going out?

Guys, I am extremely sorry if this is answered somewhere else on here. I have done search after search and can't really find anything that answers this.

I've been through two starters in 5 months. That doesn't seem like much, but the truck has only been driven probably 7000 miles total in that time. It will start fine for a while, then all of a sudden click when I try. I just put the new one in today.

I'm wondering if an oil leak onto the solenoid may be causing this problem. I'm going to see what I can do to fix this leak, but don't have a lot of time except weekends, and weekends are when I use the truck to pull my trailer.

So, can the oil leak through the valley cause my truck to use up starter solenoids? Anyone else having solenoid problems on a regular basis? They are NAPA starters, which I've always had good luck with on everything else, and they are giving them to me on warranty, but its a real pain to climb under it and change it.

Again, sorry if you have all answered this before. Having trouble finding anything on search.
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Old 07-13-2011, 11:56 PM
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Alright, some more info is needed, what year is your pickup for starters. Have you checked your batteries and had them load tested to check for their health? Have you cleaned the crap out of your battery terminals and contacts on the starter?

Two things really take their toll on starters, weak batteries, and corroded cables. If your passenger side battery cable is corroded, it wont transfer enough current and will burn up starters quickly. I went through two of them in four months before I figured out the real problem, my cable had corroded internally, once I replaced that last year, its been fine ever since.
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