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August 28, 2012, 8:37 pm

Brent W
 

Question: What is the difference between a direct drive starter and a gear reduction starter?

I own a 1988 Toyota Tercel EZ with a single carb, 1.5L. I need a new starter and I've gone to the parts store to get one, but they asked me if I had a direct drive or a gear reduction starter. I know what a direct drive starter is. I've never heard of a gear reduction starter. What's the difference and which is better for my car?


August 29, 2012, 8:23 pm

Tyler O
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You should use the VIN to filter the correct part for your vehicle. Or just bring the old one in with you and match it up.

A gear reduction starter uses a gear set to increase the torque output of the starter.


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