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CARQUEST Starter - Remanufactured

Part No. 3231S Warranty Details  

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Adjustable Mounting Block:No
Diameter:78 mm
Direct Drive:No
Gear Reduction:Yes
Horsepower Rating:1.88 hp
Mounting Bolt(s) Included:No
Mounting Shims Included:No
Nose Cone Type:Closed
Overall Length:224.0 mm
Performance Rated:No
Solenoid Attached:Yes
Starter Type:Permanent Magnet Planetary Gear Reduction
Tooth Quantity:10
Voltage:12 v
kW Rating:1.4 kw

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CARQUESTStarter - Remanufactured
 
3.8

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Trucks (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual driver (4), Mechanic (3), Truck enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

94 Ford Ranger worked like a charm

You will have to split wires to put this on not that bad with some wire splitters, 94 ranger it actually came with an explanation of why old wires went bad and update....Read complete review

You will have to split wires to put this on not that bad with some wire splitters, 94 ranger it actually came with an explanation of why old wires went bad and update. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJIwUQqTU4c

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Keep your receipt!

My Motorcraft OEM starter needed a small bump with the end of an umbrella (keeps you from having to get under the truck with something shorter)while someone else turned the key. That's usually...Read complete review

My Motorcraft OEM starter needed a small bump with the end of an umbrella (keeps you from having to get under the truck with something shorter)while someone else turned the key. That's usually either the solenoid (built onto this starter) or worn out brushes. I took it oo, disassembled it, cleaned and re-greased it, sanded off the armature and saw that two of the four brushes were worn down so much that there was barely any sticking out of the housing. Simple: order new brushes, $4. Guess what? The thin cross-section brushes in MY starter don't seem to exist anywhere else, as all the brushes I ordered and received were double the thickness. So a $4, 30 minute job turned into a $100, three-week ordeal. This starter is a reman, but keep in mind that all the repladcement parts used are NOT as high-quality as OEM. There's a reason OEM costs so much. This thing sounds like something from Harbor Freight when it turns over. Cheap actuator components. So hopefully it will break within its warranty period, cause I'm pretty dang sure it's gonna break. The OEM starter was built in 1990, and here it is 2015 and it finally...well, it didn't even quit, really. Brushes are a wear item like brake pads- simple fix, and cheap. If I had a dang brush set I'd be rolling with my original starter for no telling how many more years. Anyway, it couldn't be easier to change a Ford Ranger's starter. 10 minutes, tops. Thank goodness, cause I will be swapping this one out for a warranty replacement soon.

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1.0

Not An Exact Fit For My 2001 Ford Ranger

By 

from Grand Blanc, MI

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • None

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about CARQUEST Starter - Remanufactured:

      This unit isn't even close to being an exact fit for my 2001 Ford Ranger, 2.3 L 4 cyl, standard cab, 2 wheel drive, 5 speed manual transmission. I have installed two replacement starters in 393,000 miles, the other two aligned and fit; only two of three of the starter to transmission housing fastener holes on this rebuilt unit almost align, only the middle and bottom holes or the top and middle holes. You have to fight to even get those fasteners to go in - there is a risk of cross-threding the fastener bolts or the holes in the transmission housing even with the two nearly aligning holes. Also, the flange on the attachment end of unit bumps into an oil pan bolt just above it which makes aligning the unit impossible. CarQuest has failed severly with respect the fitment of this unit on a 2001 Ford Ranger. I am afraid to try another CarQuest starter unit, rebuilt or new, based on my experience with this unit.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Almost exact!

      By 

      from Chesapeake, Va

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • No Problem Bolting In Pla

      Cons

      • Requires A Heat Gun

      Best Uses

        Comments about CARQUEST Starter - Remanufactured:

        Need a wire stripping tool and a heat gun.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Right part right price

        By 

        from Pottstown, PA

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about CARQUEST Starter - Remanufactured:

        Fit perfectly and worked flawlessly

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Statter

        By 

        from rochester n.y,

        About Me Mechanic

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        3 or more reviews submitted

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          Cons

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            • Trucks

            Comments about CARQUEST Starter - Remanufactured:

            Perfect fit, works as it should

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Solved the problem

            By 

            from Temple, TX

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about CARQUEST Starter - Remanufactured:

            Works great

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            2.0

            Keep your receipt!

            By 

            from The South (heh)

            About Me Mechanic

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • It Actually Worked

            Cons

            • Already Sounds Ruined

            Best Uses

            • Trucks

            Comments about CARQUEST Starter - Remanufactured:

            My Motorcraft OEM starter needed a small bump with the end of an umbrella (keeps you from having to get under the truck with something shorter)while someone else turned the key. That's usually either the solenoid (built onto this starter) or worn out brushes. I took it oo, disassembled it, cleaned and re-greased it, sanded off the armature and saw that two of the four brushes were worn down so much that there was barely any sticking out of the housing. Simple: order new brushes, $4. Guess what? The thin cross-section brushes in MY starter don't seem to exist anywhere else, as all the brushes I ordered and received were double the thickness. So a $4, 30 minute job turned into a $100, three-week ordeal. This starter is a reman, but keep in mind that all the repladcement parts used are NOT as high-quality as OEM. There's a reason OEM costs so much. This thing sounds like something from Harbor Freight when it turns over. Cheap actuator components. So hopefully it will break within its warranty period, cause I'm pretty dang sure it's gonna break. The OEM starter was built in 1990, and here it is 2015 and it finally...well, it didn't even quit, really. Brushes are a wear item like brake pads- simple fix, and cheap. If I had a dang brush set I'd be rolling with my original starter for no telling how many more years. Anyway, it couldn't be easier to change a Ford Ranger's starter. 10 minutes, tops. Thank goodness, cause I will be swapping this one out for a warranty replacement soon.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            My truck is like new again

            By 

            from Newark de

            About Me Casual Driver

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Trucks

              Comments about CARQUEST Starter - Remanufactured:

              Very easy to install , works great

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              2nd one worked

              By 

              from Gulf Breeze, Florida

              About Me Casual Driver

              Verified Buyer

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                Cons

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                  Comments about CARQUEST Starter - Remanufactured:

                  just wish the 1st one worked... would have saved a lot of time, travel back and forth, work/ labor...
                  Everyone has problems.. glad to be back on the road again!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Buy new or you are rolling the dice

                  By 

                  from Mount Pleasant,PA

                  About Me Truck Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Comments about CARQUEST Starter - Remanufactured:

                  Buy a new starter not remanufactured is my advice

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  START ME UP

                  By 

                  from North Little Rock, Arkansas

                  About Me Auto Enthusiast, DIY, Truck Enthusiast

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Warranty

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Trucks

                    Comments about CARQUEST Starter - Remanufactured:

                    Great starter with lifetime warranty easy to install at a great price. It's remanufactured which means it has all new components in a recycled case for a cheaper price then new with the same warranty.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    • Q:

                      i took the old starter out installed the new starter and wired everything back up as best as i could tell. (replaced battery, starter, and solenoid) the vehicle will now only click once and then nothing happenes. any suggestions. instead of using the wire that had the heat shrink on it i used the existing wire from the solenoid to the starter because the provided heat shrink wire was way to small for the wire coming from the solenoid . Honestly i have no idea what exactly i am doing so any advise or infor would be appreciated.
                      Asked on 2/11/2013 by 91'fordintheshade

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        Sorry, with reference to your inquiry on the Worldwide Starter - part# P3231S, without the presence of the vehicle we could neither diagnose the problem nor provide you with a 100% answer. However, I would suggest taking your vehicle to a certified mechanic for a proper diagnosis before buying and having parts installed that may not (solve/be) the problem. For any further assistance, you may also call us at: 1-877-238-2623 or visit the nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our Parts Pros will gladly assist you with any questions or concerns you may have.

                        Answered on 2/12/2013 by Vincent from AAP
                    • Q:

                      My 92 ford ranger has an external solenoid(not attached to the starter, will this product work on my truck?
                      Asked on 1/7/2013 by JoeB from bedford, IN

                      1 answer

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                        A:

                        The Worldwide Starter (Part No. P3231S) will fit only 1992 Ford Ranger 2.3L model. It does not fit the other 2.9L, 3.0L and 4.0L models. For further assistance regarding the Worldwide Starter (Part No. P3231S), please provide the year, make, model and engine size of your vehicle. For more information, please feel free to call us at 1-877-238-2623 or visit your nearest Advance Auto Parts store and one of our representatives would be more than happy to assist you.

                        Answered on 1/8/2013 by Steve from AAP
                    • Q:

                      Does this include the solenoid?
                      Asked on 8/20/2010 by Bob

                      1 answer

                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                        A:

                        Yes the solenoid is included.

                        Answered on 8/20/2010 by Kevin from AAP
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