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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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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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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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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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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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I just ordered the New DB Electrical unit for $119.80 (free shipping.) Hopefully it goes well!
Thanks for everyones input.
 

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Just this last weekend I noticed when I started my truck I thought the starter sounded funny and there was a rattling coming from underneath, so I climbed under it and found that the screws holding the solenoid had backed out and it was just hanging on by the plunger going into the starter. Long story short I put locktight on it and but back in and broke one of the studs off the back of the solenoid.:doh: So seeing as how NO one in town could sell me just a solenoid I bought a reman starter from Oreilleys and put it in. 200 bucks lifetime warrenty. spins ALOT faster so i guess my old starter was wearing down. Truck starts so much better.
Glad you got it fixed--too bad you couldn't just get a solenoid....on the bright side, sounds like the new O'Reilly starter is working out pretty good for you. To make you feel better, you gotta assume the starter would've gone out on you pretty soon anyways. :wink[3]: I considered the O'Reilly reman with the lifetime warranty. I ended up going with the $120 unit at DB and 1 year warranty. Hopefully I won't regret it 2 years down the road....
 

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Y don't you buy a rebuild kit. It is cheap and real easy
Most starters go out because of the contact tips and solenoid
You can have it dun within the hour
That's a good idea. I had searched/googled to try to find a rebuild kit, but couldn't find one. I found some other forum threads the mention some of the parts needed, and I priced them out for about $50-$60. So I figured I'd buy the brand NEW DB unit for $119 (which doesn't require the core) then see about rebuilding my old one and keep it as a spare.

Does anyone know if there's a "rebuild kit" for the stock 7.3 starter? Or do you have to piece together the parts needed?
 
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