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Replacing Starter and Bearings Myself - Brands??

Hi everyone. After taking my jeep for some aggressive off roading, maintenance has been draining my bank account... So I will be replacing the starter and front bearings with a friend in the next month or so.

The starter is caked with mud and makes a grinding noise sometimes at crank. The front bearings are dirty and noisy/rattly. I was quoted over $1k for parts and labor (for both jobs combined).

Here are the parts I am looking at. Any advice or tips for doing either job? I am not familiar with brands or why there might be a price difference. Thanks for the help!

Starters:

https://www.go-parts.com/0508-jeep-g...r-p-45257.html

http://www.thewrenchmonkey.com/auto-...uVwxoCP4zw_wcB

http://www.dbelectrical.com/p-14011-...iberty-07.aspx

Bearings:

http://www.discountbodyparts.com/cat...?dbpcid=gglpla

http://www.1aauto.com/jeep-wheel-bea...2FxxoC2mLw_wcB

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you need to unbolt the front driveshaft to do the starter. Not a huge deal, just be aware its a little bigger job than you might expect. (and keep that in mind if thinking about a discount part)
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you need to unbolt the front driveshaft to do the starter. Not a huge deal, just be aware its a little bigger job than you might expect. (and keep that in mind if thinking about a discount part)
I've heard that you have to unbolt it too, but I found a youtube video showing how to avoid doing that...

And do those parts looks okay? Any to avoid?
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you need to unbolt the front driveshaft to do the starter. Not a huge deal, just be aware its a little bigger job than you might expect. (and keep that in mind if thinking about a discount part)
What the heck were they smoking when they designed that...?
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Might just be me but I'd pay the extra cash and get Timken hubs, also if you have an Advance Auto close by you can order the starter from them online and use a discount code and get it for about the same price you're looking at and if you have problems with it you can get a new one without having to wait.

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Might just be me but I'd pay the extra cash and get Timken hubs, also if you have an Advance Auto close by you can order the starter from them online and use a discount code and get it for about the same price you're looking at and if you have problems with it you can get a new one without having to wait.
Timken are 2-3x the price - that's pretty hard to justify since this is my main vehicle in winter and then just a second car in every other season. Unless the $70 ones are that bad, I will probably stick with them. Let me know your thoughts, thanks!
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Timken are 2-3x the price - that's pretty hard to justify since this is my main vehicle in winter and then just a second car in every other season. Unless the $70 ones are that bad, I will probably stick with them. Let me know your thoughts, thanks!
We have a 2 year warranty on our economy wheel bearings. Our starters are brand new, not rebuilts. Our starters include a lifetime warranty with no core charge.

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Doing the labor yourself will take some significant time and patience mostly because of rust. Do yourself a favor and put in mopar parts so you do not have to do the job again in six months. Moparpartsdiscounted or another vendor that is a member of this site sells mopar parts at significant discount.

Sure, there are a lot of inexpensive parts available but most are from mainland China using low grade steel and poor tolerances - that is why they are inexpensive.
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What the heck were they smoking when they designed that...?
It's actually a lot easier of a job than most starters. The starter has plenty of room to drop out once the drive shaft is out of the way and not like most where you have to fanagle the freaking thing 20 different ways to get it into position AND still have to put the + wire on!!!
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It's actually a lot easier of a job than most starters. The starter has plenty of room to drop out once the drive shaft is out of the way and not like most where you have to fanagle the freaking thing 20 different ways to get it into position AND still have to put the + wire on!!!
Thats good news to hear! Another question I have is if I really need to replace it. Over a month ago I heard a sort of grinding noise only when starting, but this happened less than 5 times probably. Ever since it's gone away. Firestone said I have mud caked on the starter and the only way to fix it is to replace it: > $300 job.

Do I really need to replace it since it seems to be fine now? I don't want to risk it, but everything seems to be working fine. I am a little more focused on the bearings at the moment.

Also - I got an alignment and it still pulls to the left...the shop said it could be the bearings or wheels so there's nothing they can do. Slightly annoyed about that. I wouldn't have even got one if it wasn't going to fix the issue.
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