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#1 jwikan

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Posted 31 December 2004 - 05:49 PM

I just bought a new starter because my old one fails now and then without warning, so far I have been able to compression start my car but this is crazy.
My battery is brand new and the alternator is cranking 14.4 so that is ruled out.
When it decides to fail I get no click or anything, just a serious draw on the battery a few hours later she starts right up...???.....my main question is reguarding the starter I just purchased which is a BOSCH. The one that is in there now is not a BOSCH. I have not compared side by side yet but the part that bolts to the engine looks the same. On the computer at the parts store it said it would fit anything but a GL 10, but what is a GL 10? I definately have a GL wagon but have never heard of the GL 10. Another thing is the computer did not ask weather I had manual or automatic? Does anyone know if this BOSCH will work? any input on any of this would be a great help....thanks, jon

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Posted 31 December 2004 - 06:21 PM

The GL-10 was the top of the line model at that time. It had most of all the options included but you could add more.

It sounds like your current starter has an intermittant internal short if your seeing a lot of current draw and no starter action. It may also be the solenoid contacts in the starter need to be changed out. The new starter should work ok. I would make sure the bendix gears match up in depth before you put on the new one.

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Posted 31 December 2004 - 06:30 PM

Glen,

It sounds like I don't have a GL 10, so that means the Bosch should work out.
I agree the copper contacts probably need to be replaced. Then again I noticed the starter starting to slow down in cranking speed in the last year so it could be the starter itself. In other words I have been waiting for this day.

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Posted 31 December 2004 - 09:35 PM

There may be some shorted turns in the armature causing it to slow down. Having a new one put in will keep you going for a long time.




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