Originally Posted by biododge1
I was just kinda curious as to how many have had to replace the starter. Mine wouldn't turn over the car even when boosted-just clicked. Had some corrosion on the batt and positive lead to the starter. The plastic mount for the cable on the starter broke due to rust. This got me thinking, aside from being corroded, I think the lack of use caused the internals of the starter to go bad also. So I'm starting to wonder if a forced use of it a few times a year should be done to keep it from corroding the contact areas inside the starter.
I did. The starter case was rusty, held together with some corrosion. Haven't looked at the internals.
But a replacement starter was $80, and seems a lot stronger than what mine was up to the days before failure. (At the time, I was running ICE-only, so it was seeing a workout. Worked fine until it stopped.)
I doubt a few times a year would be enough, though.
In the airplane world, one of the maintenance checklists is to spray a silicon-based lube into the starter. That might help a smidge - but I'd say it's probably just time to replace 'em.