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so how am i killing starters??

yeah, title says it all. recently had to replace the starter. symptom - turn key, starter would click (as it throws out the bendix) but would not engage and run. did the whack-a-mole thing, barred the engine over some, batteries good, but no-go on starter.

so i buy a new one (good-bye 200 clams laugh ) about 3 weeks ago. all is well.

this weekend - SAME THING AS BEFORE!!!!

symptoms - exact same thing. how?? why?? what gives?? i only got about 20 starts on this starter and now this. i think i would've noticed if the starter stayed engaged or something.

so what could be wrong w/ this starter?? it couldn't be bad ground, could it??

sheesh, this truck is really starting to be burdensome...

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What auto parts box store did you buy it from?
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As for frying them you might be too much amps
or they could be defective starters,OR you might not be giving it enough amps and the slow cranking is whats killing it.. ( I think its amps) :sofa

I dont like napa parts... for a starter I would go to cold air distributors ( if you have one) or bennett.. Please dont tell me you went to autozone or advanced auto

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Amps is not going to kill a starter.
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check the battery cables"?

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I get them mixed up

I know one of them will I cant remember I do know if you have crappy batterys it will give it a slower crank and that over time will kill it

Either way that starter should have a warranty

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If it's clicking like that the contacts are burning out. You can try replacing the contacts with bigger ones:

http://www.fostertruck.com/dodge/

I've bought contacts from them before and that fixed me up. Last time I just bought a new starter from these guys:

http://www.dbelectrical.com/

It is awesome.....I've never had my truck crank over better. They have a eBay store and I bought it through there for under $200 and it's a brand new one no rebuilt crap and no core charge either....I liked it so much I bought 2 gas starters...one for my Duster and one spare for the Duster or my wife's Durango since they use the same one.

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well, i DID buy a starter from Advance laugh , BUT it was a NEW starter - not a reman and no core required. i figured i couldn't go wrong.

as for cables - i dunno. the only thing i actually did was just swap the new for the old starter and it went from no-start to great-start. so everything seemed fine.

are the contacts hard to replace? why would they be bad on a new starter??

like i said, to me it doesn't add up. i thought about taking it back to advance, but i can just imagine them putting it on their stoopid machine and it being fine.

i guess that's my best first option tho?

any other guesses???????:sofa

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Well are the cables in good shape? How are the battery terminals? Any Corrosion? The contacts are easy to change...they are behind the little square cover on the starter.

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Take off all your batt cables and clean them well if you have the clamp style take them apart. Also check the cables It's called a voltage drop and will pin piont where the problem is! Also load test the batteries, any auto parts store has the test equipment just call around! The tests will show where the problem is no guessing involved!
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