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    Thread: 2000 Beetle 2.0: starter eater?

    1. 10-03-2012 08:38 AM #1
      Old made funny noise, replaced in Feb with autozone reman unit.
      Still not sounding great ehen starting.
      Now terrible noise when cranking, starter not engaging, engine not turning over.
      Pulled starter. Gear has 1/4 inch radial play, bearing shot.

      Before installing another new starter: what is eating starters?

      Flywheel teeth look ok.

      Sounds like starter is not retracting fast enough.

      Suggestions?

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      10-03-2012 10:03 AM #2
      I think you've just gotten cruddy starters. Check your power and ground wires, make sure they're in good shape. You said the flywheel is in good shape, so it leads me to believe that the starters were just not good to begin with. Remanufactured, it could have been defective to start. The motor shouldn't be binding at all, and unless you're running like 12:1 compression, I doubt that's an issue.
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    3. 10-03-2012 10:14 AM #3
      OEM starter (I assume) died from 'engaged too long' (assumption).
      Refurb starter died after 6 month with totally shot bearing (from overrevving from engaged too long (assumption).

      Afraid that 3rd starter will not last long either.

      What can cause starter gear to stay engaged too long?

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      10-04-2012 10:55 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by vtraudt View Post
      OEM starter (I assume) died from 'engaged too long' (assumption).
      Refurb starter died after 6 month with totally shot bearing (from overrevving from engaged too long (assumption).

      Afraid that 3rd starter will not last long either.

      What can cause starter gear to stay engaged too long?
      Poor manufacturing. It's just a part defect. You've just been unlucky so far. You might could change out the starter relay as a preventative measure, but I doubt that is whats causing it.
      2000 Beetle, 1991 CR-X, 1988 F-150 (Still don't know why I like this truck...)

    5. 10-05-2012 09:08 AM #5
      Installed a new reman starter from Autozone. Sounds good, no sign of 'hanging'.
      Hope this one last longer than 6 months as the previous did.

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      10-05-2012 09:22 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by vtraudt View Post
      Installed a new reman starter from Autozone. Sounds good, no sign of 'hanging'.
      Hope this one last longer than 6 months as the previous did.
      You and me both. Hey, at least it's easy to swap!
      2000 Beetle, 1991 CR-X, 1988 F-150 (Still don't know why I like this truck...)

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