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Old 01-18-2012, 09:37 AM
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02 F250 7.3 replacement starter options

My starter is dying. It took me almost 20 minutes before it would start this morning. Money is tight, so I need to be smart about what replacement to buy. I pretty sure I can buy from the dealer for about $250-$300 (I think that would be for a remanufactured standard replacement, not the high-torque model.) Alternatively I found this NEW high-torque unit on ebay for $101+$18 shipping, so $120 total. HIGH TORQUE STARTER 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 FORD F-SERIES TRUCK 7.3 DIESEL,

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I know you never know what you're gonna get from ebay, but the seller has a 99.4 positive feedback and over 39,000 transactions. Looks like the brand of the starter is "WAI World Power Systems."

The unit looks beefier than the stock unit and I hear the 13 tooth high-torque is the way to go--in addition to getting a new unit.

Anybody have any experience with this starter? Or thoughts?
I can handle a cost of $120, but $300 hurts....Especially since I also have transmission problems....but I'll save that for another post.

Thanks!

P.S. I did use the search function and read every post about starters already, but none seemed to address this unit.
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:42 AM
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Check out the DB electric starters. I put one in about 2 years ago and its still cranking hard. I think I paid $100 or so for it.
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Old 01-18-2012, 11:04 AM
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Thanks for the info. I saw that vendor mentioned in some of the other threads. It seems that their quality really dropped the last few years. I checked out their website and they have a New 13 tooth (which I think is the high-torque model) for $119.80, listed as the Denso replacement unit:
Ford 7.3 Diesel Starter Powerstroke Truck HT 1994-2003 SND0355 17802.

DB Electrical - Ford 7.3 Diesel Starter Powerstroke Truck HT 1994-2003 SND0355 17802

Of note, they also have the 12-tooth Visteon unit for $84.86.

Not sure what shipping is, but the Denso 13 tooth might be a good option. It's about the same price as the ebay one.

Is this Denso a newer unit for DB or is it the same one I read about guys having problems with?
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Thanks for the info. I saw that vendor mentioned in some of the other threads. It seems that their quality really dropped the last few years.
Thats a bummer. Back when my starter died and I was looking for a new starter they were getting really good reviews and everyone loved them. Oh well.
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Old 01-18-2012, 12:47 PM
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I got a Powermaster Ultra Torque from Advance Auto back before Thanksgiving. Cost me $150. They had a special where if ya spend over $150 ya got 20% off plus another $50 for ordering online. I think it was part number PM9050, but you'll have to call Powermaster and have them ship you the adapter to make it a PM9051 so it will fit a Super Duty. They shipped mine for free.
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What ever you decide, Don't use a reman. I have went through 3 in the last 1.5 years from auto zone. I now have a new one from O'Reilly auto parts and it turns faster than the reman ever did. good luck
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If you're being smart about money, why don't you make sure it's the starter. Could be one battery weak, both, bad cables, connections, or an alternator that's not charging.
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:19 AM
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If you're being smart about money, why don't you make sure it's the starter. Could be one battery weak, both, bad cables, connections, or an alternator that's not charging.
That's a good point. I feel pretty confident it's the starter--but I've been wrong before. There is good cranking (when the starter cranks) and the batteries are just over 1 year old. The alternator tested good also. The symptoms are: either the starter won't engage at all OR it engages for maybe 1-2 seconds and then makes a swirling/woosh sound. But so far, if I keep trying it'll eventually crank long enough to start.
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:20 AM
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What ever you decide, Don't use a reman. I have went through 3 in the last 1.5 years from auto zone. I now have a new one from O'Reilly auto parts and it turns faster than the reman ever did. good luck
Thanks for the heads-up!!!
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Old 01-19-2012, 11:28 AM
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The "friendly" dealer quoted me $310.84 over the phone and that's with a "discount." Ironically, he couldn't tell me if it was a reman or new unit??? "The computer doesn't say," was his response. How's that for service???

At $300+ I might have to go aftermarket.
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