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Well i think the culprit causing my batteries to slowly loose cranking amos over a year or 2 has to be due to my starter. I got the truck in 06 with 89k mi. Im assuming it had never been replaced. Im at 300k now and ive never reolaced it.
it does sound a little weak but i think its pulling so many amos its been slowly killing my batteries as ive had to trplave them every 18 -24 mo.
Im looking to replace it with something thats good quality but will noy break the bank. I have a wide varity of parts stores here to choose from if there is something recomended they may have. The oem was crazy expensive but i do know my orignal lasted a long while. Just looking for suggestions and options as id like to replace it this week if possible.
 
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OEM or denso those lifetime places can be a bit rough after their computer dosent have the info in the system anymore and if you canít find original receipt You know few years down the line when it brakes. Just got done with that scenario and only got my starter under warranty because the mechanic called the manager on my behalf. Than after going to the specific advance auto 75 miles away Iím driving 75 miles back home to put the starter on. If this happened away from home game over. The price tag I say on the auto crap was 270 I donít think I paid that much years ago though. What kind of pricing are you getting on the OEM starter could be your dealer. I know the one here in NC thinks and will tell you 74.00 is a fine and fair price for the fuel filter LMAO Iíd also reccomend checking the alternator output if your on a budget. If itís putting out low that can affect the batteries.
 
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Often times quality and cheap do not go together, it can and does happen, but not often.

My vote goes for the real Denso.

If you do get a starter with a more thick mounting surface, be sure to use longer bolts so that they grab the case 100%.

 
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Often times quality and cheap do not go together, it can and does happen, but not often.

My vote goes for the real Denso.

If you do get a starter with a more thick mounting surface, be sure to use longer bolts so that they grab the case 100%.

https://youtu.be/h3LsuCmaD-4
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i cant see the video right now but is there a part number for the denso ? Or do you have it by chance ?
 
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The alternator seems ok. Idle its putting out about 12.5 volts. Driving about 13.5
 
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I've been running a 3-bolt Mitsubishi starter are several years now with no issues. The Denso gear reduction units have a much more impressive fast spin-up, for sure, and are excellent units.
 
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I will go against most members on the forum on this one. I bought a cheapie off ebay. It was $70. It is the offset style with 2 mounting holes. I installed it on 7-20-2016 and it has just over 34,000 miles on it now.

My thoughts on this:
  • Local parts store was way too expensive for the store brand ( I assume my ebay special is similar quality to the cheapest parts store units)
  • I had a week that I didn't need the truck so I could wait a few days and save $100 or more compared to the local parts store
  • With my truck being a manual I can bump start it compared to an automatic where you are "dead" until you change it. If I had an auto I would buy a "better" one and carry a cheap spare. I could swap it in quicker than a tow truck would arrive. (Mine that came in the truck failed at a race and I was pull started by an ambulance and drove it home.)
  • It is very easy to get to and change if I ever have too
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If you do get a starter with a more thick mounting surface, be sure to use longer bolts so that they grab the case 100%.
Agreed. I would check this for sure.

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i cant see the video right now but is there a part number for the denso ? Or do you have it by chance ?
I bought my Denso from Corey at CNC here https://www.cncfab.us/product-catego...3/denso-99-03/

Although, a couple of months ago (maybe not that far back) another member bought one on Amazon I think for a better price. I was hesitant because there are a lot of knock-offs and I didn't want to pay a premium price for a sub-par part so I just got one from Corey.

Others have had some luck with DB Electrical and other Chinese starters, but most do not.
 
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Another option would get the OEM starter rebuilt. The local auto electric shop near me quoted $135 to rebuild mine. I have had a few alternators and one starter(my wifeís F-150) rebuilt by them with no issues.
The starter in my truck is OEM at 18 years old and if I can get 1/2 that out of a rebuild then Iíll be happy.

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DB here..damn thing will break the motor mounts. Been a little over a year. So far im stoked. I do have to get them longer bolts as Sous came to find out
 
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My 3rd Oreillys premium is the best I've ever had. 😁Spins over like a Denso.
 
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My low mileage truck had a starter issue. I did not want to change out my OEM for some crap over the counter starter.
All mine needed was a disassembly and new grease. The old grease turns to wax and brushes stuck.
https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/1339770-starter.html
 
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DB for 5 years or so now {knock on wood}.

When it dies then I'll get a Denso like the cool kids have.
 
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If you go Denso be wary of Chinese knockoffs.... if the price isn’t $300+ then it’s chinesse.

the link above to CNC looks legit.

my OEM went out on a road trip about 10 years ago and autozone was my easiest resource... so far have not needed the lifetime warranty.
 
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my OEM went out on a road trip about 10 years ago and autozone was my easiest resource... so far have not needed the lifetime warranty.
Every now and then you can catch a good one from the house brand.

 

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