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PowerLite Starter.

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Bought a Powerlite starter from Rimmer some time ago - certainly more than a year. It is the reduction gear after market type. It has worked very well indeed, spinning the engine over nicely on the coldest days easily - unlike the original Lucas unit.
But it is now apparently throwing itself out of engagement before the engine starts - the engine stops turning, but you can hear the motor still running, if the key is held in the start position. It did get oil spilt on it from a leak now sorted.

I've never had one of these apart. Is it worth trying to fix - or just buy a new one? Removing an SD1 starter isn't the easiest of jobs, and I rather not spend time on trying to fix something that can't be done.


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I have not had these particular ones apart but an aftermarket unit instead. It was a clone of factory Bosch unit. The reduction gears exploded into million pieces and what is funny, it was 13 months from purchase. I took the reduction gear pieces back and asked if the 12 month guarantee was this well figured out. What is funny is that these gears are plastic. I got genuine Bosch parts for free and these were also plastic ! This was almost 10 years ago.

Never fitted it though, I bought another starter with metal gears, don´t remember which make it is. Could actually be Powerlite, too. Denso based conversion.

Rebuild is straight forward, you need to remove it anyhow be it replace or rebuild.

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Re: PowerLite Starter.

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I would give Powerlite a call as believe they have a 2 year warranty..

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Re: PowerLite Starter.

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According to the PowerLite terms and conditions, a 1 year warranty.

Just wondered if anyone had one apart. Seems to me it is the solenoid which engages the drive sticking. And somewhere at the back of my mind, someone else mentioned this. But maybe not on this forum.
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Am I looking in the wrong place

WARRANTY POLICY
At Powerlite we pride ourselves not only quality of our products but also on our customer service.

You can be assured that every Powerlite unit is manufactured to the highest possible standard, using all of our 40 years of experience in rotating electrics.

On the rare occasion one of our units should fail to work we have the following warranty policy in place.

Powerlite operates a “no-quibble” warranty procedure on all units whereby a returned unit will be credited in full or repaired Free of Charge.



However, this warranty policy is conditional, subject to the following basic conditions:

Powerlite units, with the exception of “Dynalites” (see point 2) will be considered within the warranty period if it is returned within 24 months from date of sale or 20,000 miles completed, whichever comes first. We realise that units may be held by our customers before fitment i.e. renovation / rebuilds and we will always use discretion in such circumstances. The company’s decision is final in this matter. All units returned must be accompanied by a Powerlite warranty form filled in with all appropriate details. Forms can be printed direct off our web site.
All “Dynalites” are subject to a lifetime warranty (manufactured 01/01/2017 onwards). In the event that a Dynalite fails in service, we will repair the fault free of charge or issue a free of charge replacement unit. This warranty policy is also subject to the basic conditions set out below.
The unit had been fitted correctly by a competent mechanic or auto electrician following Powerlite fitting instructions.
The unit has not been stripped or part-stripped, abused, modified or tampered with in any way.
The unit has been fitted to the correct vehicle application and the vehicle has not been modified from original specifications i.e. flywheel modification.
If requested by a member of Powerlite staff, proof of purchase / fitting dates and mileage must be provided. Please see our warranty form.
There are no evident or obvious physical signs for reasons of failure as described in the list below:


Ingress of engine oil, water, dust etc.
Damaged or broken terminals due to over-tightening or loose connections on fitment.
Broken fixing brackets, or any sign of accidental damage to any part of the unit.
Damaged pinion teeth due to faulty ignition switch, incorrect ring gear / fly wheel.
“Burnt out” units, due to faulty ignition switch or relays.
Damage, wear and tear due to excessive use.
Please note – this is not an exhaustive list, and Powerlite reserves the right to reject warranty on a returned unit at our discretion.


In the event of dispute, the company’s decision is final.

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I looked at the terms and conditions on their site. :D

14. All products supplied by The Company are guaranteed for 12 months from date of sale from the Company. Faulty products will either be replaced free of charge or a credit note will be passed for the equivalent value. Please also see Eurolec Warranty Policy for further details.
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I have a powerlite starter too and it is great. I had a querey so contacted the company and had a very detailed response from the boss. Why not just contact them?
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I have contacted them, and not had a reply yet. Due to how awkward it is removing an SD1 starter, I'd rather not have to wait for the unit to be repaired.
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Re: PowerLite Starter.

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Just an update. Didn't mention this is the second PowerLite starter I've had with the same fault. Motor turns with the key, but only sometimes engages with the flywheel ring gear. About 1 out of 10 attempts. So you'd not want to stall on a level crossing. :D I did contact them, and got a standard replay offering an exchange service, at about £160. Not a lot less than the Ebay price of £205 delivered for a new one. So left it. Given it's more than a Lucas starter.

Then, rather oddly, got an email from one of their tech guys weeks later, sort of offering a free repair. Just for info, the car only does about 1500 miles a year on average since I've used these starters. But may have had an oil leak onto them - now sorted.

So just sent off the first one for repair. So I can simply swap them if they offer to fix it for a reasonable sum.

Wish I could find a description of how they are made - exploded view, etc. I'd always thought a pre-engage type wouldn't run at all until the pinion was engaged with the ring gear.
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Re: PowerLite Starter.

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Let us know how you get on,
A lot of us are running them, and are watching you

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