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Old 02-20-2014, 04:55:37 PM
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Hi,

Continuing work on my DJE project. The Prestolite starter sometimes engages properly and sometimes grinds. I took it off and its in need of attention. A local re-builder quoted me $165 for new bushings, drive, brushes, and solenoid.
I see the Mitsubishi type offered for around the $200 mark (I know I would need to modify the mounting plate to use the Mitsubishi type). What would be the best route, rebuild or replace?

Links to the Mitsubishi type:
http://www.motorcityreman.com/mioem21.html
http://www.amazon.com/Starter-Indust.../dp/B001J4L0GO

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Tim
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Default Re: rebuild or replace Prestolite Starter

I would have it rebuilt. The Mitsubishi is a good starter. But you will need to buy another mounting plate or take the time to measure and drill the old plate.
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Modifying the mounting plate is not a problem. Does one starter have any advantage over the other one? Does one crank the engine over any faster than the other? Just asking because there is not a huge difference in cost and I would like to go with whichever one works the best.

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Default Re: rebuild or replace Prestolite Starter

New bushings, drive, brushes, and solenoid...sounds like your replacing the right parts.

I know gasoline GM starters, don't know Onan's. At about 100k-125k miles following happen:
Brushes are worn to mounting screw.
Usually bushings are worn and magnetic laminations touch or almost touch and drag.

Also good to replace solinoid, seen some with scoured aluminum coil bobbins, that drags and sometimes sticks on on moving steel plunger

Could take a chance on bendix drive, haven't seen much car problems with them, also not as hard to replace as in a car. But for ~$20 extra.....replace it
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Default Re: rebuild or replace Prestolite Starter

The Prestolite starter is no longer made. Parts are getting harder to find. I was just thinking money wise. Some people don't use the unit enough to matter about wearing the starter out. The Mitsubishi is a very good starter.

Plus I am a cheap old fart. But for twenty bucks more just replace it.
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Default Re: rebuild or replace Prestolite Starter

If you're looking for someone to rebuild the starter for you, you might give these folks a call to see what they say - they've been around for a LONG time:

Jackson Generator and Starter Service
601-948-6395

I took the 6-volt starter and generator for the 1952 Willys Aero that I'm putting back together to them. They knew everything there was to know about both the starter and generator. Put brushes and a brush band in the starter; put bearings and brushes in the generator and checked everything out. Cost for each one was $40-50. Walking into their shop is like walking into history - hundreds of starters, generators, and various parts laying around.

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Default Re: rebuild or replace Prestolite Starter

my .02$
I like the Mitsubishi starters they work great IMO lot better than prestolite
but the "Mitsubishi type offered " for 200$ is more than likely a china clone
I've seen a lot of those in other applications they are junk
top of the list
NEW Mitsubishi starter
Good used real Mitsubishi starter
rebuilt prestolite
good used prerstolite
hand crank
and last
one of the china knockoffs

now the bad part of the Mitsubishi starter parts are very very hard to come up with but they rarely need anything

the prestolite one you can get about every part for one
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my .02$
I like the Mitsubishi starters they work great IMO lot better than prestolite
but the "Mitsubishi type offered " for 200$ is more than likely a china clone
I've seen a lot of those in other applications they are junk
top of the list
NEW Mitsubishi starter
Good used real Mitsubishi starter
rebuilt prestolite
good used prerstolite
hand crank
and last
one of the china knockoffs

now the bad part of the Mitsubishi starter parts are very very hard to come up with but they rarely need anything

the prestolite one you can get about every part for one
I was going to post what GHanners posted. You have to read the advertisement VERY carefully these days as the seller will tout all about the part as though it was a genuine piece then ship you the FRIGGIN" Chinese P.O.S.
I would get your Prestolite rebuilt AND buy some extra wear items such as a spare pinion drive, bushings and brushes and put them on the shelf. OR, find a GENUINE Mitsubishi starter and build it back up and buy spares for it too.
Just my $0.02 worth.
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Default Re: rebuild or replace Prestolite Starter

GHanners & Motorhead hit the nail on the head. A Mitsubishi starter is a nice starter, a clone Mitsubishi starter might be a piece of junk.

Most of the wear item on the Prestolite should be fairly economical and easy to find. If you are fairly mechanically inclined, the old Prestolites are not that hard to freshen up with brushes, starter drive and bushings. Some of the aftermarket solenoids are not of the same quality as the original solenoids, so I would hang onto the original as long as you can.

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