Discussion in '2nd Gen 1991-1996 1.9L SOHC' started by gnx547, Jan 7, 2013.
How many miles do you have on your factory starter?
My starter is original ~165K
Original at 239K.
>280k on factory starter and engine. Replaced alternator @250k - brushes damaged commutator.
I think the original starter on my '88 Pony lasted till around 300K and is still on it's second starter at 518K. As far as I know the starter on my '94 is original with 193K. The '02 SE still has the original starter at around 132K and both the '97 wagon and '88 GL still have original starters at under 100K each.
Mine has 148k on it. I did clean and re-grease it when I replaced the broken bendix gear back in june.
I know the starter on my 92LX was original at 192k, as the car had been in the family since new. I replaced it at about 210k miles, though the real problem was probably a bad ignition switch. With the other 4 Escorts in the family, they all were bought well used, and I dont know if the starters were original or not. With two of them I replaced the starters that were on when I bought them, since I knew the cars each had over 250,000 miles on them; and I wanted reliability for the family members using them.
Got 128k on mine. Still works great.
115k as of today... factory starter.
A little over 160.000 miles, but I did replace the solenoid with a good used one. I replaced the crappy steel nuts on the big electrical posts with brass ones.
I also gave the starter a complete teardown, inspection and reassembly a couple years ago. It was still excellent inside, lots of life left on the brushes.
Stainless steel would have been better then brass.
Stainless steel would have been better then brass.[/quote]
Not from a conductivity standpoint.
Mine lasted 210,000 miles but I had it delivering pizza. Often 40 starts per day! Odd thing was that when I tested it it off the car it worked fine.
When I rolled it to the position it would sit in the car it failed. Roll it to any other position it worked fine! Pulled one off my parts car and still strong at 377,000 miles.
I just had to change mine at about 95k. I'm feeling kind of jipped now.
Brass is, as said, better electrically. Plus it is more similar to the copper post so less chance of galvanic corrosion. Strength isn't an issue here, the copper post is the weak link.
The nut isn't an issue when conducting electricity here. It's the bolt that does. In so far as the what the post bolt is made of, you do have a good point, but I have no idea what it's made of since I have never taken a starter apart and with as much dirt and corrosion it probably has on it can you be sure what it's made of?
You should. Starters are often easy to repair, just like alternators.
Some motors have wider gaps between the commutator plates. Sometimes the brushes wear with a sharp corner, get caught between the commutator plates. Sometimes the brushes wear in a manner that leads to reduced surface-area contact with the commutator. Less contact surface area means less amperage throughput, less torque generated; insufficient torque to get past the first compression stroke.
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