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Re: [Shop-talk] Starter problems

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Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Starter problems
From: "Randall" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 14:29:25 -0800
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> To sum this up you're probably looking at 2 things: driving style, 
> and parts supplier.

I agree entirely, but I would add "luck of the draw" to the list.  A few years 
ago, the alternator went out on the wife's old Toyota
and I picked up a rebuilt one at a local independent parts house.  I've been 
dealing with them for many years and never had a
problem.  But this time, the replacement alternator died again within a matter 
of weeks.  I assumed that meant I had overlooked some
problem, so I went over the entire charging system carefully, even replaced the 
battery, clamps and fusible link.  But the next
replacement again failed within a matter of weeks, as did the one after that 
and the one after that.

Then I got a good one, and it is still working today (although we've since 
passed the car along to a family friend).  Same
rebuilder, same supplier, no other changes to the car.  I assume the rebuilder 
got a batch of weak diodes or something, but ???


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