View Full Version : Testing a starter?

09-04-2005, 06:49 PM
I got the starter off the car. It's a Delco-Remy 12 volt starter. I would like to test the starter off the car before I put everything back. What is the easiest way to test a starter?

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09-04-2005, 07:43 PM
Hook a postive cable from the battery, touch a negitive to the case and away it goes. (Be care that it does not roll off the bench from the start up torque.)

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09-04-2005, 09:30 PM
I usually test them on the floor/ground keeping one foot on it to keep it from spinning from the torque.

09-04-2005, 09:31 PM
hmmmm, I need to get a battery...

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Dwain G.
09-04-2005, 11:16 PM
A good starter will reach its rated free-running rpm in about 1 second. Don't let a starter spin at top rpm for more than about 3 seconds. That starter is rated at 6,900 rpm, and you risk throwing a commutator segment or doing other damage.

Dwain G.

09-04-2005, 11:28 PM
Dwain, Thanks for the tech info. I'll just put it back together and test it under load. It spins freely so I'll bet it will work when it's all back together.

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09-05-2005, 10:42 AM
Would it not be a bad idea to lube the bearings and evaluate the brushes while the starter is out?[?]:)