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Has anyone taken apart and cleaned/lubed/replaced brushes on a Mazda B2200 manual transmission starter? Or if one needed "help" there, would it just make more sense to purchase/install a new one? Thx.
 

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Has anyone taken apart and cleaned/lubed/replaced brushes on a Mazda B2200 manual transmission starter? Or if one needed "help" there, would it just make more sense to purchase/install a new one? Thx.
Is the starter still working or you having problems? I have owned an 87' B2200 that I put 180,000 miles on without any starter issues, and I currently have a 91' B2200 with 110,000 miles with no starter issues. So, unless something is wrong, I don't see any need to do anything to it. Maybe if you are way past 200,000 maybe take a look at it.
 

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236K miles, 1988 B2200 5-speed. So far starter is still working 99.5% of the time, haven't been unable to start it yet, sometimes just nothing. Last year with same situation I replaced the battery 2 months before its warranty was up, cleaned all battery cables and their connections to starter and to the grounds, shiny metal contact. I tested the ignition switch circuit 20 times, got power to starter all 20.

Right now I'm doing nothing, figure I've got jumper cables, can push start, and also we have AAA.
 

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236K miles, 1988 B2200 5-speed. So far starter is still working 99.5% of the time, haven't been unable to start it yet, sometimes just nothing. Last year with same situation I replaced the battery 2 months before its warranty was up, cleaned all battery cables and their connections to starter and to the grounds, shiny metal contact. I tested the ignition switch circuit 20 times, got power to starter all 20.

Right now I'm doing nothing, figure I've got jumper cables, can push start, and also we have AAA.
236k miles!! Proof of how great the B2200's are. Hard to say what might be causing the .5% problem. Possibly the solenoid or something in the starter. Hard to say, but if it gets to a complete no start, I would just go for a new starter rather than mess with the old one. I know years ago with the 60's cars, often the solenoid would hang up and you could take a hammer or something and give the starter a whack and it would then turn over.
 

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It happened again yesterday morning after a 1 hour stop for breakfast after softball batting. Heard a slight "groan" on the 4th try, even released the hood catch. But then it started right up, and did so just after I filled my propane grill tank, and in the afternoon when I moved it into the garage.

So I never even got to the tap the starter or jumper wire to test.


236k miles!! Proof of how great the B2200's are. Hard to say what might be causing the .5% problem. Possibly the solenoid or something in the starter. Hard to say, but if it gets to a complete no start, I would just go for a new starter rather than mess with the old one. I know years ago with the 60's cars, often the solenoid would hang up and you could take a hammer or something and give the starter a whack and it would then turn over.
Yes, will need to decide whether to go Rock Auto or local (higher price, but easier/lifetime warranty) for 100% brand-new.
 

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Pan;205306 said:
Cusser, Starters are cheap. $70 to $80 on Amazon
Yes, thanks, I see brand-new starter through Amazon for $71 and free shipping (Mrs. Cusser has Amazon Prime), would be at least $100 brand-new from RockAuto and $160 brand-new through Autozone (with lifetime warranty).

Anyway, I felt ambitious this morning after digging up tumbleweeds, and decided to pull the starter for a look-see. I cleaned up the ground wire connection, unscrewed the solenoid and cleaned up the mating surface, and the terminal to connect the solenoid to the starter motor itself. I used some aerosol brake cleaner to clean things up too. Then I confirmed operation using jumper cables on the starter, then re-installed it. First un-scientific observations are that it now cranks immediately, but will need at least a few weeks of testing/driving to see if it really helped.

Starter R&R involves removing battery negative cable, disconnecting the two electrical connections on the solenoid, then 3 bolts utilizing 14mm socket. There is a ground wire terminal on one of those bolts. Toughest part is figuring how to re-set the clock on the stereo !!!
 
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