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stupid starters

The new rebuilt Bosch non-Pep Boy SR17X starter refused to turn over after a 2 1/2 drive yesterday. The first time I let it sit, thinking it was hot. Started after an hour.

The second time it would not start after 2 hours and I needed my "your not listening device" (hammer BTW) and after a few "hey stupid taps" the bendix released and it started....

The question is, yeah there is there anything else to do? Is there a bendix/solenoid that will not hang up and start everytime? The engine temp did not get over 200F the whole way on the trip...I am getting tired of this....
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Just a thought, do you have a relay on your starter? I heard, here and there, that a Ford relay is usually a good candidate.
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The solenoids on Bosch rebuilt starters may or may not be new. I just put a rebuilt Bosch unit on my '75 2.0, and I noted that the solenoid was listed as not necessarily new, but possibly tested and reused, although many of the other wearing parts are new.

For my starting problem, I installed the so-called "Hot Start" relay kit, which seems to have cured it. This upgrade allows full battery voltage to reach the starter via a relay, and it also should prolong the life of the ignition switch which no longer needs to switch as much current as it did without the relay.
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