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Question Where do I look for Starter

My husband and I took our boat out finally Sunday and planning a week trip in 2 weeks.

Problem, our starter is going out. We have a desiel engine on our 28ft Newport 1985 sailboat. Where do we start to find the right starter first, we have no time to waste and is it easy to put in? I'm sure my husband knows how to do it, but for my infomation....
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I suggest you provide the make and year of the motor, there may even be someone local on this board who has a spare or can point you to a good supplier.

Reminds me of once in college when I broke down on the NJ Turnpike in an old TR-4 with a bad ignition coil. A half hour later another TR-4 pulled over in front of me, asked what was wrong, and then pulled a spare coil out of his trunk. I asked him what I owed him and he told me to carry a lot of eletrical spares (Lucas was known as the Prince of Darkness) and help the next TR-4 owner I saw on the shoulder. Works a bit the same here.

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I don't know where you will find one, but it will certainly be easy to fit. perhaps 1/2 hour will do it, if the bolts come off ok.

With the exception of a Renault5 motor car, I have not seen a difficult one.
A Renault5 is awful... took me all day.
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Try a car parts store and go from there. There is nothing magical about a diesel engine.
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I asked him what I owed him and he told me to carry a lot of eletrical spares (Lucas was known as the Prince of Darkness) and help the next TR-4 owner I saw on the shoulder.
You know why the Brits drink warm beer? They have Lucas refrigerators!

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i'm a masochist.
I've owned a MGB and a 5.3L V12 XJS collection rouge.
(and if i ever find a jensen-healey OR a v-8 stag in decent shape, sell the farm)
dam lucas anyway.
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Shouldn't that be a rebuildable part? Don't they normally just clean em up, replace the brushes and check the selonoid?
Pull it off and take it to an Alternator/Starter tech.
You should be able to find plenty of them in your local Yellow Pages.
If they can't rebuild it, they should be able to find you an exact match.
I would not think that you would be down for more than a couple of days or so.
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