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Old 10-31-2007, 11:19 AM
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01 7.3 Starter Problem

Below 50 deg. the starter spins but wont engage the flywheel. Last year I thought i had a bad starter and replaced it with a remanufactured one and there was no change. I just continued to plug it in and everything was fine unless it was cold all day. Then i checked for a flat spot on the flywheel but it is not damaged. Colder weather is upon us 40-50 and it is doing it again after no trouble all summer long. The starter spins and has only momentary contact with the flywheel and kicks out. After about 10-15 trys it will finally hit but if the engine fires at all it will kick out. The starter moter runs fast and strong with no drag at all. Once i get it to engage the flywheel the truck starts right up.



I tried a remanufactured starter,

I tried a new solenoid on the remanufactured starter,

I have cleaned all of the terminals,

Is the starter drawing amperage away from the solenoid plunger?

Is there a friction problem internal to the plunger?

Is there any other relay or control to the solenoid that could be a problem?

Too much resistance in the cables?

Have I continuously gotten junk remanufacturing?

I just ordered another starter but dont think that is the problem.. HELP
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:29 AM
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where did you get your re-man starter? any warranty?
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:30 AM
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Yeah, they are sending me another. I will see if it changes things.
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:33 AM
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are you sure its the right starter?
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:41 AM
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could have been just a junk batch of bendix (sp?) when they went for a rebuild.
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:36 AM
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This probably ain't gonna help much, but at O'Rielly's yesterday, while looking for a starter for my '00, they said the '01 had a different part number than the '00.

I took mine out because it seems to be turning over weakly and it don't sound just right either. I have new batteries and it charges fine.

After taking it out, I saw that it seems to be engaging only about 1/2 of the teeth so then I started to wonder if the goobers even have the right one in there, cause it looks like its been replaced.
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Mine did that, but it turned out the batteries weren't strong enough to throw the starter out hard enough. I'm assuming you've already checked them, but it's a thought if you haven't
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