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Old 09-01-2013, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Toledo, OH
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I just put in this starter in May (95 Pathfinder) and it began failing in July!!! My prior one lasted nearly 5 years, so I'm way

Unfortunately, where I live and work, it's flat, so no popping the clutch to get going All I can do now is beat the starter and pray when it acts up -or lack of acting up


Thank you for your time!
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I've had pretty good luck with Napa starters (and alternators and other parts), but I have some rules:

If they offer more than one, I always avoid the one with the cheapest price, and if one of them offers a "lifetime" warranty and the others don't, I buy the one with the lifetime warranty.
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Old 09-01-2013, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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I just put in this starter in May (95 Pathfinder) and it began failing in July!!! My prior one lasted nearly 5 years, so I'm way

Unfortunately, where I live and work, it's flat, so no popping the clutch to get going All I can do now is beat the starter and pray when it acts up -or lack of acting up


Thank you for your time!

Try pushing it in in reverse and pop the clutch. I had this problem with my old Tempo, and its incredibly flat here as well. Pushing it forward was getting me no where fast, so one day I thought I'd try it going backwards. Fired right up.
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Old 09-01-2013, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Toledo, OH
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The starter I got, wasn't the cheapest, but it did have a limited lifetime warranty...


Huh, I'll have try that reverse idea.

Thank you kindly for your input!
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:48 PM
 
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I just put in this starter in May (95 Pathfinder) and it began failing in July!!! My prior one lasted nearly 5 years, so I'm way

Unfortunately, where I live and work, it's flat, so no popping the clutch to get going All I can do now is beat the starter and pray when it acts up -or lack of acting up

Thank you for your time!
As with batteries, brand means very little.


What you need to do is buy a REMANUFACTURED starter, with a LIFETIME WARRANTY. And yes, remanufactured is vastly different than rebuilt.
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Old 09-01-2013, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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If you want top of the line then buy a brand new starter from your local dealer. Second best will be a remanufactured one, and lastly is a rebuilt one.

I am done buying parts from Autozone, their remans suck big time. They offer a lifetime warranty, but you still have to go through the effort of removing the one that failed and putting on the new one they hand you. I had 3 power steering pumps fail on my Cadillac in a row from Autozone. One lasted a month before it started squealing, the next one lasted about two months, and the 3rd one squealed right out of the box. They refunded my money and I went to the local AC Delco place and bought one, it has been on there 3 years with no problems.

Same with alternators, belts, and other parts from AZ. Instead of their parts being named Duralast, they should be named Don't Last !! I have much better luck with parts from Advance Auto or NAPA.

Don
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Here
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As with batteries, brand means very little.


What you need to do is buy a REMANUFACTURED starter, with a LIFETIME WARRANTY. And yes, remanufactured is vastly different than rebuilt.
True.
And a lot remanufactured / core parts like Starters, batteries, alternators come from the same place. They just brand it for the store it's going to.

You can have them bench test the starter at the store before you buy it.
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