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brittooms 10/1/2012

1998 Nissan Maxima GLE 6 Cyl 3.0L


8-tooth starter installed?

I bought a starter for my 1998 Nissan Maxima on the eBay site from a reputable seller. They had compatibility charts and all.
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.

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HouseCallAuto 10/1/2012

I 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.




brittooms 10/8/2012

Thank you very much for replying, and going through all that trouble looking stuff up.
I just hope it's okay to continue to use! It's still starting up fine, still with the different noise.

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