Mini starter crapped out already

Slant 6 Engines

  1. briwill70

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    Bought a Napa mini starter for my slant about 3 weeks ago after my original starter died. I heard warnings from others that only the Denso starters were reliable. I could not find one so went with a Napa version. ($120) It has probably started without issue 50-60 times. Last night went to start and nothing but a series of clicks from the solenoid. Battery etc. are fine. The Denso versions are really hard to find. Noticed that Bosch makes one. Maybe that's better?
     
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    i honestly get oem ones from the junkyards, costs around 40.00-50.00 with coverage, i have three from there and one is almost 5 years old. look for the ones with chrysler logo. if you go that route.
     
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      Sounds like you got a bad one. Return it. You'd probably have better luck at a junkyard.

      I love the Denso in my slant six. Got it at a Mopar swap meet for $35. Put 12 volts to it and it worked so I bought it. Then 2 yrs ago, it just clicked, no spin. Went on line and bought 2 copper contacts for about 10 bucks. Put those in and its good again. Supposedly, that's about all that goes wrong with them.
       
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      • Naplm00

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        +3 for the junkyard. I'm not sure if you're on the West coast but they are everywhere here.
         
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          +4 on the boneyard option!!
           
        • moparmat2000

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          +5 Boneyard.

          Solenoid contacts go bad. 3 screws on triangle cover and it's right inside. Super cheap and easy to replace.
           
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          • briwill70

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            Thanks for the feedback. Is there a specific vehicle or part # to ask for at the junkyards? I used a 94 Dakota 5.2 for the NAPA one.
             
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            All the same on the magnum V6 and V8 up thru 2002 on the last of the B vans
             
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            • BillGrissom

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              I think I paid $10 for the junkyard ones I took from Magnum engines, but I wait for half-off days at PicNPull. Measure the voltage right at the big stud on the starter, to the case of the starter. If it drops <10 V, don't blame the starter. Voltage drop could be in the ground connection from the starter's case to BAT-. You should be able to find the drop quickly. If >10 V, then blame the starter, which would likely be pitted contacts. Some rebuilders do a cheapie job, like re-using worn contacts, maybe flipping them around or such, but they do make the cases look new and shiny.
               
            • RustyRatRod

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              Why not simply repair the one you have?
               
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              • briwill70

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                I returned the crappy NAPA replacement starter and got a Denso one from a 99 Dakota w 130k miles on it. ($40) Works great and spins the engine must faster than the China garbage.
                 
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