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Old 06-14-2011, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Diesel911 View Post
Did the shop Guy say what the cost of a real Bosch Solenoid is.
I'll ask him tomorrow. What is a good price for one? If he has good prices and he does mail order, I'll post his info up.
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Old 06-18-2011, 05:20 PM
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So I just put in the start that is half rebuilt. It's amazing the difference. It's about twice as quiet, and the engine turns over about 1 1/2 times faster now. I'm glad it decided to break now than explode and be out $250. Thanks for all the help too. The pics and info helped immensely.
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Old 06-18-2011, 06:21 PM
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For the sake of comparison, the original starter in my '96 E300D (W210, OM606NA) failed at 262,000 miles due to a mechanical linkage problem in the solenoid. I replaced the entire starter with a rebuilt Bosch unit from an on-line vendor. The net cost to me was $200 including shipping the bad one back to the supplier. The rebuilt starter came with a 2-year warranty (it expires next month, hmmm).

If I knew anything about starters I probably could have fixed mine for a lot less but this is the car my wife drives and I needed to get it fixed quickly and reliably. I figured that my contribution was the R&R.


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Old 06-18-2011, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by robbsclassics View Post
..... It's amazing the difference. It's about twice as quiet, and the engine turns over about 1 1/2 times faster now....
If people knew how much better it felt... I think they would not wait so long to get renewed... our engines rely on the speed of compression to cause the heat to get started...
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:19 PM
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^^^ Well said. If only I had checked earlier, I wouldn't have run into this problem. and learn.
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Old 06-18-2011, 11:39 PM
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Old 06-14-2017, 12:54 AM
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Glad for the write-up, thanks

This job is really worth trying. Undoing the solenoid was easy with the help of an impact drive and a few sharp taps.

One can't use an impact wrench on the rear cap of the starter. One of the two screws holding the grease cap/brush assembly was too seized and I had to pinch it in a vise grip and break off the head, but that did not pose a problem for disassembly.

I now have a revived turbo starter which I'll fit to my non-turbo, while I rebuild that one.

I put stay-lube synthetic grease on the bendix and the yoke

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