Starter Internal Grounding Issue


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Starter Internal Grounding Issue

Postby mytown » Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:48 am



Note the pitting and corrosion in the below pictures. I'm wondering what caused the problem and whether or not the starter brush plate and end cap are salvageable.


Here you can see the problem occurring on the outside edge of the plate:


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Re: Starter Internal Grounding Issue

Postby patbrandon1 » Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:21 am

There are two kits you can buy on Ebay reasonably to rebuild it. I would NOT try to reuse the old plate. Here are the links...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/370807188625?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

http://www.ebay.com/itm/290392294070?_t ... EBIDX%3AIT

The second one is just the plate, and is a way to go. But I would use the first one and get it done totally.

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Re: Starter Internal Grounding Issue

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Oct 27, 2014 11:48 am

No question, that's melted metal caused by arcing due to poor conduction.

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Re: Starter Internal Grounding Issue

Postby mytown » Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:02 am

I thought about a new brush plate but figured that a new plate might not solve the problem since the contact points in the end cap are so pitted. BTW, those pits gather and hold a lot of grime. What I did was grind back the bad parts of the brush plate tangs to where they would contact a good flat spot on the end cap. So far so good. Thanks for the replies.
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