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    TR4 Starter

    I'm having mine checked at the shop. If it needs any work, should I just replace it with a high torque reduction starter. Sure looks smaller and easier to handle.

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    Re: TR4 Starter

    Depends on how concerned you are with staying original, but I have used the high torque starter on each TR3 I've had and believe it is much better for a driver car and is something that can be reversed if someone really wants to go to "original". Shop around for best price. What I have seen, is most are remanufactured units that are just modified to fit and not much difference in the service you get. They are definitely easier to install.

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    Re: TR4 Starter

    I agree, it is a reversible option and other than originality I don't see an issue. It will sound different when you start the car up, but other than that they work well.
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    Re: TR4 Starter

    What was wrong with your starter? Over the years I have reworked mine a few times -- brushes, pinion rubber (TR3A only), clean-up and re-wrapping the field windings (they can short out after many years of rubbing against the housing.

    The original units are pretty easy to service and when in good nick start the engine just fine.

    I'm guessing you're having Luna take a look at it.

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    Re: TR4 Starter

    I agree with all of the above. When I found that I was having to work on the original starter (on my TR3A) almost every year and it twice quit during long drives (each 2000+ miles round trip); I bought a gear-drive from TRF. Their ad said it was new, but what I got had a "rebuilt" sticker on it. Works great, although after nearly 10 years of daily driving (not counting the few years it was idle after the wreck), I think it may be ready for "freshening" again.

    As a side comment, I changed the wiring a bit from the usual recommendation, so that the original solenoid only switches power to the new solenoid on the starter. That way the motor current doesn't have to pass through the original solenoid (which had previously lost some of its smoke), but the starter pushbutton (on a TR3) doesn't have to handle the increased current (and kickback) of the new solenoid, and I got to keep the function of the starter button under the hood.
    The change was easy, I just moved the battery cable to the bottom original solenoid terminal (where the heavy wire to the starter motor goes) and ran a new wire from the top terminal to the solenoid on the starter.
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    Re: TR4 Starter

    Just FYI, I just had one rebuilt and it cost $45. Looks like new again. I have not installed it but I am sure it works. I have taken a dozen starters, generators and alternators to this place and they are good with their work. My friends MGB starter cost more than that because it has a solenoid that needed to be replaced.

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    Re: TR4 Starter

    Never had a starter problem with my '66 TR4a, it is the original.

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    Re: TR4 Starter

    Yes I'll try Luna before caving to a new one. I have a hunch I should've checked out my solenoid. I'll do that next.

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    Re: TR4 Starter

    Jerry,

    Only $45 for reworking a auto starter equipment is cheap. Perhaps it was a friend who only replaced worn brushes , and sprayed paint! Even then!!

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