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Old 12-08-2010, 09:17 AM
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Starter problem and question..

Back in May I was leaving the store and went to start the truck and the starter grinded and free spun due to the bolts coming loose. Got it tightened back up. Now fast forward to about August/September. Ever once in a while when I hit the key the starter will grind/free spin, then it will work fine for x amount of cranks then it will do it again. It has only done this about 6 times in 3 months. It cranks good when it works.

Now what Im thinking is when starter come loose it may have damaged the gear so when it gets in that certain spot it isnt engaging the flywheel.

Now my question(s) to you is,
-Is the starter just wore out?
-Do you think my theory is right and I need a new starter?
-Do you think it could have damaged the teeth on the fly wheel?
-If I need a new starter what brand or type do you recomend?

Truck: 02' 7.3
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Old 12-08-2010, 12:45 PM
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I believe your thinking right, probably the gear on the starter. IDK what to tell you about which starter to buy, I've heard some folks are having probs with the new DB starters
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Old 12-08-2010, 02:28 PM
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I just searched DB starters and all the reviews about them being bad were from 2009. I dont know though. I went to their website also and couldnt figure out which one is for my engine anyways
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Old 12-09-2010, 03:34 PM
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I went through the same issue a while back..I would bet your teeth on the flexplate are chewed up.I replaced 3 flexplates and atleast 6 starters.Dumbest freaking design I have ever seen to put an aluminum plate with 2 or 3 bolts on an engine that requires this much torque to start.I used 2 OEM starters, 1 or 2 from local parts house and 1 or 2 from local starter shop.Never could find the issue(to actually say ,,I fixed it)So far,it has been ok.Best of luck bud.
BTW..75% of the time ,Diesel engines stop in the same spot.
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