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Unread 12-15-2011, 02:39 PM   #1
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starter life expectancy

I was wondering what the average life expectancy on your starter for your jeep is i just replaced my second one on my jeep and the one i replaced was 14 months old (thank goodness for a lifetime warranty). I know i am hard on it since i drive in all the salt and mud and freezing cold temp. all the time but it seems like an awfully short time comparing it to other vehicles in this area that are fine.
So I'm wondering if it is a normal amount of time and if not what can be done to prolong the life of a starter from the elements?

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Unread 12-15-2011, 02:42 PM   #2
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mine is at least 4 yrs old.
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Unread 12-15-2011, 02:43 PM   #3
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i'm pushing 4yrs now
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Unread 12-15-2011, 02:53 PM   #4
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Unread 12-15-2011, 03:01 PM   #5
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well judging by everyones profile info im guessing you guess do a bit more off roading than me do you ever do anythig special for it or just let it go...it is possible i got a bad one too
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Unread 12-15-2011, 04:34 PM   #6
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well judging by everyones profile info im guessing you guess do a bit more off roading than me do you ever do anythig special for it or just let it go...it is possible i got a bad one too
My original was 20 yrs old when it finally went. I know the PO wheeled a LOT harder than I do. So I think maybe you just got a flakey one. I got the Autozone lifetime , looked identical to my old one, and no probs ever since.
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Unread 12-15-2011, 07:30 PM   #7
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yeah i got the advanced auto lifetime warranty and a stick so no real worries
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Unread 12-16-2011, 01:01 AM   #8
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Mine is 20+ years old with over 79,000 offroad miles on it (not counting street/hwy miles).
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Unread 12-16-2011, 01:52 AM   #9
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20 years on mine so far. Probably just got a junk starter. Any idea how old the first one was?
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Unread 12-16-2011, 05:01 AM   #10
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the po replaced mine with a bosch one and im not positive on how old it is but when i wiped it off it looked bran new. ive had the jeep for about a year now and its starting to go on me
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Unread 12-16-2011, 05:19 AM   #11
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The productions are life testing for 100,000 start stop cycles if that gives you any idea of life expectancy. Many poeple here have had issues with life expectancy and the cheap Chinese Walmart type crap that has been flooding the market.
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Unread 12-16-2011, 07:34 AM   #12
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Fill them with off roading water one time and even a brand new starter may never work again. A little bit of silt (which is present in all 4-wheeling water) is all it takes to kill one.

Have an engine problem and lean on the starter til the battery is dead, it may never work again. You only have to overheat them one time to put ten years of wear on the internals.

Run around with a chronically low battery and jump start repeatedly, same deal. If you know what Ohm's law is then you know as voltage drops, amperage rises. High amperage creates heat that harms electric motors, so cranking at 10V regularly will shorten lifespan by years.

Lot of variables here but if you're wheeling anywhere wet you can't expect normal lifespan
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Unread 12-16-2011, 07:57 AM   #13
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The productions are life testing for 100,000 start stop cycles if that gives you any idea of life expectancy. Many poeple here have had issues with life expectancy and the cheap Chineese Walmart type crap that has been flooding the market.
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Speaking of which, do you have any idea how to get the actual parts, without resorting to the dealer? I mean genuine Bosch either new or reman. That kind of thing. Its been almost impossible for me to find them.

Case in point was my fuel pump, nobody had ever heard of it. Its larger than the YJ pump they all have in their books. Crosses with NAPA #P74155. And Bosch doesn't list it anywhere - when I typed the Bosch number into google, there was exactly *two* results!

Same for the relays. And senders. And starter. Not sure what the alt is, is it a Nippon Denso? I want to swap my alt for a one-wire GM.
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Unread 12-16-2011, 08:07 AM   #14
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If you want longevity avoid one wire alternators, they've got notoriously short lifespans. The original nippon denso is a very good alternator. Later V8 truck and grand cherokee applications have the same mounting ears and use 90 amp on base models.
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Unread 12-16-2011, 09:01 AM   #15
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These starters will last almost indefinitely and if it quits it is almost certainly because the brushes are worn out. Replacing the brushes is a very simple process and you can get the brushes easily on the internet or simply go to a local starter/generator repair shop, they will have them in stock and will replace them for you really cheap, it only takes 10 minutes. This starter was used on a LOT of different vehicles.
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