Yes, two different AC Delco rebuilt starters. That is why I replaced the other starter but I have not gotten the truck started with this new rebuilt starter. It was under warantee. These starters on the diesel are different than the regular Chevy V-8 starters as they are longer and a lot heavier so they can turn over the high compression engine. I bought this truck new in '81 and have replaced the starter only twice before. However, this is the second starter in the past three months. The main case is AC Delco as stamped into the housing and I think they were the only ones who made them. I don't think anyone else make these big cases so as far as I know, there are no other replacements or brands, only rebuilts.
As you know, sometime I believe in the '80s they went with gear reduction drives to use a smaller motor and still provide the torque needed to turn over a diesel. This a a rebuilt from PEP Boys in California.
I should probably state this over again. Three months ago my starter went bad and I installed a new rebuilt. It worked fine until one morning I tried to start and the starter would not stay engaged. I took the starter back to the store and got another. I installed that and I have the same problem of it not staying engaged. I have not had the truck running since this not staying engaged problem.
Do you think these are poor rebuilts? All my rebuilt starts have been from PEP boys. I don't think anyone else carries them. Can I purchase just the starter drive and how hard is it to change out?
Sunday, January 25th, 2009 AT 4:44 PM