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Old 05-23-2020, 03:50 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Kuntzy_ View Post
This starter has less than 200 miles on it, do they go bad that quickly? Is there a way I can test this starter before I buy another?
You can test by taking it out of the car and supplying power directly via battery, with something like jumper cables (it'll be sparky). Negative to the casing/flange of starter body, positive to the terminal. Additional positive (or try to contact both to the positive clamp) to the spade and you should see it starter pop the gear forward and spin. If it doesn't do it, then your starter is no bueno.

Also, some auto parts places or shops can test it for you if you're uncomfortable with the procedure.

They can be dead out of the box or after a few miles. I replaced an alternator 3x times in less than a month from NAPA before I gave up and bought an OEM.

I used to not have an issue with them, but within the last 2 years, store-brand reman units have been problematic. Starting/charging units to need to be reliable or it'll leave you hanging.

Your Duralast should have a warranty, you can also just keep swapping starters until you get a good one if you want.
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