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Old 10-25-2003, 04:38 PM   #1
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Why do I carry a spare starter?

Because stuff happens.
Just returned from a few days of R&R at the Texas coast. Port A and Padre Island National Seashore. You can drive right on the beach and pick a spot to camp. Real nice.
The 250 mile trip down to the coast was pleasant and uneventful, until we stopped to buy some shrimp. Which was a good thing, because the next time I would have turned the engine off, would have been on the ferry from Aransas Pass to Port A.
Got back in and tried to start the motor. VRRRRRRR...... Bell housing of starter cracked.
Got the spare starter out and 30 minutes later we were back on the road.
Just imagine the trouble you can get yourself into by not carrying a few essentials.
I bought this spare starter 2 1/2 years ago and just had a healthy return on my investment.
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Old 10-25-2003, 05:12 PM   #2
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Thumbs up Way to go Peter

Starter - Definitely a weak link----
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Old 10-25-2003, 05:59 PM   #3
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Peter,

You, single handedly, have dispelled the theory that to ward off future failures buy a spare of the offending part and it will NEVER again fail!!

Another theory turned into myth!

Dang!!! Now I have to re-think my spares locker since I might actuall NEED one of those items. Can you trailer a trailer behind a trailer in VA?

Take care.

(I carry a starter for my 454 suburban as well!)
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Old 10-25-2003, 06:40 PM   #4
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I was wondering if you all wouldn't mind sharing your spare parts list?

You never know who it may help out!!!
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Old 10-25-2003, 07:00 PM   #5
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Emergency Parts

John:

Try this thread - Emergency Parts

http://www.airforums.com/forum...ht=spare+parts
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Old 10-25-2003, 07:42 PM   #7
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Since we already have several threads covering the extensive lists of spare parts people carry, I would be interested to know the parts or items you carried that got you out of a jam before:
Here a are some of my items:
1. starter (more than once in my years of travelling)
2. JB cold weld (cold welded my radiator in Florida and made it back to texas)
3. Fuel filter
4. many feet or electrical wire (fixed a stubborn failed tail light in Colorado)
5. duck tape (what would life be without duck tape)
6. Vice grips !!! (Don't ask )
7. Voltmeter
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Old 10-25-2003, 08:13 PM   #8
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Wink Must Carry

A full set of properly sized belts (or serpentine), and the tools to change them.

Oh, add an alternator, though usually a proper sized alternator is easier to find than some critical belts. Of course, on the Motor Home, you could jump the coach batteries to the auto battery, crank up the genset, and forget about the alternator until you parked it at the house!

A can of "Inflate-a-flat" (seals a puncture in a tire - at least for a little while).
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Old 10-26-2003, 06:48 AM   #9
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Also think about what custom/after market modifications have been done and parts for that. My TBI uses an external fuel pump, not impossible to find but it has be ordered so I have a spare. At the least bring the manuals or a list of part numbers.

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Old 10-26-2003, 09:36 AM   #10
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hi peter
i also carry a lot of spare parts. but a starter is not one of the parts. i rely on auto zone to help with the heavy or bulky parts. i know the quality isnt the best but i have had to replace a starter two occasions on the road. disconnect the toad and find a zone. the last one broke one of the mounting bolts and then the housing. got a little flack on that one but they finally replaced it . as it was one of their starters. not a hard job to do if you can park in grass , big gravel hurt. lol
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Old 11-03-2003, 08:36 AM   #11
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Well, the replacement starter lasted about 2 weeks. Fortunately I started to show me early signs of failure right in the driveway.
I noticed that all replacement starters come with the shims, but only some have the proper gapping tool for starter shaft/ flywheel clearance.
Autozones starter come with the right tool.
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Starters ..... or lack thereof

My relatively new starter (not a cheapie), now requires multiple twists of the ignition key to initiate a start.

More and more, I suspect the ignition switch.

As a new control panel is on the winter list of "things to do", I will soon (hopefully) be better able to troubleshoot the entire electrical system.
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Old 11-03-2003, 09:58 AM   #13
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Returned the defective spare. It was drawing 250 amps instead of 50.
Moral: Have your spare bench tested.
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I had a starter from Advance Auto burned the solenoid from the engine heat. (they wouldn't take it back- although it still works..din't think they would but tried anyway)
As some of you already know I got the aluminum cased mini starter last Spring / it rotates away from the manifold. Wrapped it in a thermal cover for extra protection, and so far it has been excellent. Strong cranking every time, hot or not.
Just put on a 135 amp alternator from the same dealer.
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