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Starter rebuild parts

starter contacts plunger dragging starting problem

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#1 1 Lucky Texan

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 08:23 AM

the cool weather has brought back last winter's 'dragging starter problem' in my 06 WRX and, I was hoping someone could guide me to the best rebuild parts. If I'm gonna bust into it, I'll spring for NGK or Denso w'ever people feel is good quality. Never done it before but saw some pics and I think I watched a video.


#2 johnceggleston


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Posted 08 November 2013 - 09:38 AM

this is a good source for the solenoid contacts and plunger

and a thread on the replacement.






Edited by johnceggleston, 08 November 2013 - 09:39 AM.

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Posted 08 November 2013 - 11:41 PM

I got a rebuild kit off eBay for about $15 (free shipping).  The "hardest" part of the process was getting the splined bolt onto the new contacts (which wasn't that hard).

I studied up with a youtube vid () that was helpful.

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 12:08 AM

I also used a eBay starter rebuild kit, just because I couldn't find a name brand kit. I think I installed the kit 2008. No problems

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Posted 09 November 2013 - 09:30 AM

What do you mean by "dragging"?
If you mean it's turning slow that's probably not an issue with the contacts.
Cold weather is hell on a battery and this is when a weak battery will bite the dust. Even if its a fairly new battery you should get it tested. It's best if you can have it tested while the battery is cold.

#6 jp98


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Posted 09 November 2013 - 11:18 AM

I agree, there is nothing in a starter that cold weather should affect unless it is full of grease.  99% of the time if a starter is turning over slower when it gets colder it is the battery or cables that should be checked. 

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 01:12 AM

Seems to spin and start the car fine. But there's a noise after the engine starts. I have to assume the gear isn't retracting?

Only 47K miles too. disappointing but, i see no reason not to try removing it and replacing the contacts and plunger.

Are there any accessible spots to lubricate and what lube?

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 02:41 PM

well, it appears this starter may not be the same as the 'typical' one folks can rebuild with a plunger and contacts.

it may be a Mitsubishi, or a different type of denso starter - great.... denso 280-0333 I think.

now, if I have mine rebuilt locally, maybe they will use lube that's better for our Texas summers, etc. But the car might be down for 3 days w'ever. decent rebiults seem to be in the $140-$160 range.

guess i will limp it along until it gets severe, then shop for a decent rebuilt locally with a lifetime warranty. Just not sure i wanna mess with shipping a core back to someone via mail.


Edited by 1 Lucky Texan, 10 November 2013 - 02:42 PM.

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Posted 10 November 2013 - 06:17 PM

Pull it out and see if you can pop the rear cover off the solenoid. Pushing the plunger in by hand will kick out the pinion gear. Pull the plunger out and you can clean and re-grease the plunger and the bore it rides in.

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Posted 11 November 2013 - 12:13 AM

I might try some kind of inspection/rework but, I'd feel a lot better about it if I had another ride or i KNEW I could get a starter locally first.

It's so odd, no problems except under about 40 degs F or so. A if starts the car - just makes a weird noise afterwards which i have to assume is the drive not retracting.

Edited by 1 Lucky Texan, 11 November 2013 - 12:14 AM.

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