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Old 08-10-2009, 05:19 PM
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Starter rebuilding?

Had a thread on the finicky starter in my FG a few days ago. I decided to purchase a used starter since I'm pretty sure the existing starter has a problem and I wanted to keep a spare on hand. I'm looking for opinions on whether I should send the existing starter out for a rebuild, or simple disassemble, look for problems, replace the brushes and call it good? What should I look for when I disassemble it? Any other obvious wear items besides brushes and bearings?

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Old 08-10-2009, 05:26 PM
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Rebuild yourself. Starter and Alternator repair is very straightforward and not anywhere near rocket science. This is knowledge that really paid off once when a vehicle starter went our in BFE years ago. There are some good YOUTUBE videos out there like This one.
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I need to do this as well. I swapped a used starter into our 300D, but I want to rebuild the one that came out of it. I am going to putting in a transmission that I rebuilt (fingers crossed) myself- may as well do a starter at the same time when there's nothing to it.

But- where can we get brushes and bearings for our Bosch units online?

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I need to do this as well. I swapped a used starter into our 300D, but I want to rebuild the one that came out of it. I am going to putting in a transmission that I rebuilt (fingers crossed) myself- may as well do a starter at the same time when there's nothing to it.

But- where can we get brushes and bearings for our Bosch units online?

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Old 08-10-2009, 05:40 PM
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The nearest Bosch distributor in our area is SouthEast Power Systems on OBT in Orlando.

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Old 08-10-2009, 08:40 PM
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Its easy enough to replace brushes and perhaps bearings as well and the bendix but if there is a short in the armiture I would be at a loss, still if you do the other things and it still does not work you can always take it in to a shop.
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Its easy enough to replace brushes and perhaps bearings as well and the bendix but if there is a short in the armiture I would be at a loss, still if you do the other things and it still does not work you can always take it in to a shop.
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I just replaced my bad starter with a used one that works fine. The point here being that I didn't turn the old one in for the core charge, so I still have it. I am assuming some places will pay you the core charge amount even if you are not buying - true? Although, now that you are talking about it, I wonder if I shouldn't rebuild it and hold on to it for future use.
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Old 08-11-2009, 05:55 AM
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It probably would be a long wait. Benz starters rarely go bad. I'd be surprised if you can get someone to buy it if you didn't buy your rebuilt there.

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