What is that wretched noise??? (Starter)
Posted September 09, 2011 - 11:09 AM
Posted September 09, 2011 - 08:32 PM
Posted September 10, 2011 - 05:49 AM
You need to search and find out if your 03 has the upgraded 04 starter parts #1. After that has been determined I'd start with the starter. They are notoriously weak (but with proper maint will be quite reliable) so a cleaning/repair may be in order. Sounded to my like an armature or bad bearings but it's hard to pin point. Pulling it and bench testing will tell you for sure. But without the upgraded parts you are asking for trouble.
A solenoid, basically, is a relay. If it clicks (which it did) it works.
Posted September 10, 2011 - 06:32 PM
I had a friend of mine take a look and he said it sounds like the bearings in the starter motor are shot and need to be replaced. Gotta say, the idea of a rebuild is much better than a replacement when looking at the cost of a new starter motor...
So I guess I will have to pull it out and look at getting those bearings replaced. Lord know that sound is enough to scare just about anyone!!!
Posted September 11, 2011 - 10:27 AM
Posted September 11, 2011 - 07:24 PM
Posted September 11, 2011 - 08:17 PM
It's your starter, or your starter clutch. That much is obvious. Why you haven't taken it apart by now, is not.....!
I haven't had the day to do it. I'm not sure where it is exactly or what else I'm gonna have to take apart to get to it... I've gotten myself stuck on too many projects where I "leap before looking" that now I prefer to do a little research before getting out the tools.
With that, do I need to pull off the entire housing on the left side (where the oil fill cap is) in order to get this starter out?
Posted September 12, 2011 - 04:30 AM
Posted September 12, 2011 - 05:23 AM
Think there is a sticky for this or for sure a search will find what to look for.
Posted September 14, 2011 - 02:44 AM
Posted September 15, 2011 - 05:47 AM
Sounds like one of the shaft bushings is wallowed out on the starter rotor, the starter does not have bearings. I have an 03 and I needed to replace the motor on mine right when I got it. Also did the 04 mod with a new battery. New starter motor is a pricey path, but probably the only option. I tried repairing my motor, it had a damaged commutator segment (the thing that the brushes engage with), no luck though.
Same here, I even thought about making a brass bushing and turning the shaft down.
Posted October 12, 2011 - 05:31 PM
Mine sounded just like yours. I needed a new starter and seeing the woodruff key I also did the 04 upgrade. Easy work thanks to this forum.
cheapest starter around?
Call them before you pay. I payed and then found out they had none in stock. They did tell me that if i sent mine i would get it back in a timely manner. I was racing it at the time and couldn't afford the down time.
Posted October 23, 2011 - 03:44 PM
Anyone got a link that is still active where someone has detailed the procedure and possibly put some pictures of their work up as well?