- Rebuild it myself
- Have the pros rebuild it
- Replace it with a newer, better, faster, lighter starter
A new "high torque" starter is just under $300 from multiple vendors, before tax and shipping. I expect shipping to be considerable.
This starter looks like hell but it worked when I pulled it out. Occasionally it would fail to catch and would spin free. Most likely a failure of the solenoid engaging the ring gear. The ring gear teeth and the starter gear teeth look fine.
Let's say for the sake of discussion that I want to consider letting someone local (Seattle) rebuild it, how do I find a shop? What do I look for? Foreign car repair? Electric motor specialists? Vintage restoration?
I know I can send it out as a 'core' for exchange. This seems prohibitive to me. This thing is big and heavy. I'm guessing it's going to cost $40 to ship each way. Add to that the rebuilt stock starter is the same cost as a new, better starter after the 'core' exchange refund.