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dvitous 08-09-2011 03:56 PM

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Man... I loves me some forums. This forum, and a few youtubes... and I'm a dangerous man.

I just replaced my starter - yes... its as easy as advertised.

My old one quit yesterday - the cable between the solenoid and the starter motor corroded through. I was fearing the dreaded ignition-switch problem, so I'm glad this was simple.

Quick question:

I replaced it with a basic "Duralast" rebuilt from Autozone. It's significantly louder than the old starter was... for lack of a better description, it sounds like there's an impact wrench under there.

Is this normal? I'm sure I've got everything GNFT down there, so there's nothing loose.

When I replaced my blower fan, I actually found I needed to "tune" it by backing off some screws. If all were tightened fully, the fan would rub against the duct.

I didn't notice any sort of play or wiggle room with the starter.

I don't think it's a grind - I hit the starter w/ the engine running to confirm the real 'grind' sound.

Starts up fine... but I just don't wanna have to replace it again in 6 mos if something isn't right.. or worse...a flywheel!

- Dan

Naperville, IL

TJ-Mike 08-09-2011 04:01 PM

I don't know a lit about starters it that sure doesn't sound right to me!

maintenancerob76 08-09-2011 05:12 PM

You can take it out and test it with jumper cables to see if it's the starter making the noise by itself. Just make sure you secure it somehow before you connect it.

geiman 08-10-2011 09:01 AM

I also recently got a rebuilt starter from Autozone, and it is louder than the original was as well. I'm guessing some of it is because of the condition of the old starter. My new starter starts the Jeep so much better, it's like starting a new car. Before, I had to crank for a bit before it would start, but now it fires right up with a short turn of the key. I thought I was just not used to how a new, proper starter should sound, but it could be that it just is a little louder for some reason or another. I also noticed the replacement starter is a little bit bigger than the old one, which could possibly have something to do with it as well.

dvitous 08-11-2011 12:40 PM

I've read a few posts about people having to shim their starters. Mine didn't come with any - and of course there were none on the one that came off.

Anyone else need to do this on a '99 - 4.0l?

moabmatt 09-10-2011 09:42 PM

I just replaced the starter on my 99 4.0L and I didn't have to shim anything. Works fine. Got my reman Duralast starter from Autozone and swapped it out in about an hour. Not bad considering it's the first time I've done anything under a hood besides changing oil.

dvitous 09-11-2011 12:13 AM

Thats the same one I bought. From the outside it doesnt sound so bad. But inside... it's easily 2x louder than the old one was. Best I can describe... it sounds like an impact gun.

Not a gnashing like you hear when you hit the starter w/ the engine running... and it starts pretty solidly, so I'm learning to live with it!

cwpeer 09-11-2011 01:14 AM

I recently replaced my starter with a new one from Prime Choice Auto and I noticed the increase in volume/tone as well. Everything was torqued to spec.

I don't get any grinding, so I'm comfortable with the idea that they are just louder than stock.

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