The part I bought has this ID on the box: REPM320103. I installed the starter this afternoon, but noticed that it has 8 teeth, where my car's original starter has 11 teeth. My car starts, but makes a weird noise upon turning over now. Is this damaging to the starter or another part of the car? As I understand, 11-tooth starters were found to be more efficient for 4th gen Maximas, but I figured that since this part number said it was compatible with my original starter setup, and car, I would just install it anyways. All I'm looking for is some help, and maybe a little insight as to what the difference is, and if it's okay to continue to use. Thank you in advance.
HouseCallAuto 10/1/2012I use a website that displays the specs for every starter for every car and truck on the road and it has never failed me for understanding different starter and / or alternator problems. For example, the starter for your 98 maxima has these basic specs. NOTE THE # OF TEETH
You also see that the specs display every other brand's part # probably available on the planet Earth and nowhere do I see the part # you listed here. However, I did find that the part # you supplied does fit your '98 Maxima but I personally have never heard that a starter for a 98 Maxima can come with different # of teeth and still work ok. That is a new one for me. Some how though I think I remember there being something unusual about this application relating to the # of teeth. So why does the website I gave the link to give just one set of specs? I am not sure.