Originally posted by ROTORRAY
I AM NO EXPERT. I know a LITTLE about a lot. An EXPERT knows a LOT about a LITTLE. Anyway, seeing that the directions indicate taking the battery base out I would assume that you remove the starter from above. I've never done an MDX starter but it's just a couple of nuts and cables so it can't be that hard. If you're going to the trouble of taking the thing off my choice would be to replace as much as you can while you have the thing out. I guess you could nickle-and-dime it and replace only what is worn but the worn parts are just as old as the rest of it and the other parts are probably getting ready to go, too, so why fool with it. Replace it all and you'll be done for a while, and it will be reliable again (or at least I hope it will). Let us know how it goes for you. I, too, have an '03 with the original starter but no symptoms of any problems. With my luck now that I wrote that last sentence the thing will probablly fail tonight.
I hear ya.....LOL....
I've had lots of success keeping things going without replacing parts in my life with good success. My 1963 Wheel Horse garden tractor is an example.
I feel like my stater is fine, so it's the end piece (bendix or whatever they are call it these days), as I get completely normal behavior when it's warm. So this almost sounds like a "lube" thing. My labor is therapy for me after spending hours in the office, so I'm not worried about my time right now. If the starter itself was causing problems, I lean more towards replacing the entire unit.
I priced a whole new unit @ 188, so in all likelihood I'll just replace the entire unit and be done with it. I don't put the miles on it I used to, as I drive the Hybrid all over the planet now, but I hate the way this sounds when the car is cold.
IMHO an 03 shouldn't have this problem, but this is a whole new issue....
Thanks again for your comments.