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Rodeo Starter Contact Replacement

Postby Tad » Sat Nov 01, 2008 7:47 pm

Contact replacement Procedure:

Remove this cover by removing the three 8mm bolts:
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Inside you'll see this:
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Next remove the plunger:
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If you look inside the starter you'll see the old contacts compared to the new ones on the towel:
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Removing the 14mm copper nut on the outside of the solenoid will let you remove the copper bolt and the contact underneath. Here they are in the order that they sit in the solenoid. The body of the solenoid goes between the bolt and the rubber o-ring in this pic:
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The other side is the same, except you have to remove the bolt from the contact before you remove the contact from the solenoid. There is a wire that connects to that terminal and it's connector sits between the bolt head and the contact.

When it is all back together it will look like this:
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Before you reassemble the solenoid, polish the bottom side of the copper contact ring on the plunger. This will polish the surface that touches these two contacts.

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Postby shooter » Sat Nov 01, 2008 8:26 pm

Very nice. Another chapter in the zu online repair manual.

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Postby bigpoppax2 » Sun Nov 02, 2008 9:47 am

Just a note here, the Trooper's starter isn't repairable like this, only the Rodeo. The good news is that the Rodeo starter bolts right in place of the Trooper starter.

Thought I'd add that.

Is that going in the Trooper?

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Postby Dae » Tue Nov 04, 2008 11:20 pm

Exactly how I did mine a few years ago.
Except I overtorqued one of the long 8m bolts and snapped the head off.
I also greased up the inside, forgot where though..it was that long ago.

This will save people some money :D
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Postby lorenzo816 » Fri Nov 28, 2008 12:47 am

wait Tad.... that doesn't look like the inside of my starter.
this is 2nd Gen only right???
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Postby disker » Tue May 26, 2009 6:36 pm

I wish this was around early last year when I replaced my starter. I got the brushes off ebay for a buck forty and had heard that they were easy to replace, but couldn't find anything with pictures. When I opened my starter up, I did the big housing, not the solinoid and couldn't get it back together - so - I just went to autozone and got a new starter and put it on.

If I had opened up the right piece, it woulda saved me $90. oHwELL - you live and you learn! Great post!
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Postby jwood1016 » Sun Sep 20, 2009 12:26 pm

got a question for ya tad...what would the symptons be of bad starter contacts???
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Postby Tad » Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:04 pm

If the truck won't start, but turning the key on and off a few times makes it start, then it's probably the contacts.

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Postby jwood1016 » Sun Sep 20, 2009 2:44 pm

yea thats what my amigo does...but it clicks also after every turn of the key.

Alright thanks for your helP!!!
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Postby offrodeo69 » Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:56 am

where does one find those contacts???????? im having the same issue right now...im at the point where i beat my starter now to start it..
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Postby MicroPilot » Sat Nov 07, 2009 1:35 pm

Tad wrote:Jerry has them.

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Who is Jerry and how do you contact him?
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Postby Cain64 » Sat Nov 07, 2009 5:32 pm

I did this too my starter a couple weeks ago i took it out then pulled off the cover, and took a quick run of a dremil tool and a piece of 320 sand paper and it worksed a charm didnt even have to replace the contacts but probly could have since its only $2 in parts.
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Postby disker » Mon Nov 09, 2009 12:47 am

MicroPilot wrote:
Tad wrote:Jerry has them.

-Tad


Who is Jerry and how do you contact him?


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Re: Rodeo Starter Contact Replacement

Postby clipper 03 rodeo » Thu Jan 26, 2012 10:41 pm

I think this deserves a bump. I just got done doing this on my Rodeos starter since it was starting to act up, very easy mod to do and it worked great!

Also I got my contacts off of Ebay here for $11 shipped

http://www.ebay.com/itm/STARTER-REPAIR- ... 6311861478
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Re: Rodeo Starter Contact Replacement

Postby Drew » Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:44 pm

Same problem

However when I went to try to buy contacts from eBay I was unable to make the purchase. I have had an account with them for 11 years but for some reason in the last few years they've gotten difficult to buy from. Would not accept my PayPal account when I tried to reenter the information said the account was already in use.

<edited bad link out>


Does JLEMOND have a store? I would rather buy parts from someone that knows about the product they're selling.
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Re: Rodeo Starter Contact Replacement

Postby Drew » Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:44 am

The option to edit is not available or I would delete the above link. (moderators if you could delete) Don't want anyone following a link to bad parts

The parts were not the correct parts or not manufactured to the correct specifications. Ended up buying a Nippondenso starter from a local parts house, just to be able to get the vehicle back on the road.
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Re: Rodeo Starter Contact Replacement

Postby joegolden48 » Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:42 am

http://www.ebay.com/itm/261134069218?ss ... 1439.l2649

Here is the one I just bought. I hope this solves my clicking several times before starting problem. Getting tired of crawling under my car with a hammer in a parking lot...always draws unwanted attention. ha
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Re: Rodeo Starter Contact Replacement

Postby Cessna182 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:24 pm

Just completed this repair tonight on my 1999 Rodeo 4wd. Had to unbolt the engine mount and lift the engine with a jack an inch to get the mount out of the way so I could get easier access to the solenoid. I also took out the 2 starter mounting bolts from the bottom so I could rotate the whole assembly around a bit to get better access. Bought my solenoid plunger and contacts from eBay and they were a perfect fit. Put everything back together and it starts first time, every time again. Thanks all! This post saved me a bundle of cash in shop time and parts. $14 and 3 hours' of my time is all it cost me. Woohoo!

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Re: Rodeo Starter Contact Replacement

Postby paperbag » Fri Feb 13, 2015 6:10 pm

Wonderful how to - thanks a lot! Saved me almost $200.
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