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For anyone that's well versed in replacing the starter the conventional way, I currently have the IM off in order to replace the PCV valve and hose (and also the knock sensor while I've got the IM off). I'm staring at the starter and wondering, since this car has over 180k miles, should I go ahead and replace it, since it would be so easy to do it right now? The starter has the name Mitsubishi (OEM) on the label, so it makes me wonder if it ever had to be changed by one of the two previous owners. I realize a refurb starter might still have Mitsubishi on the label, or would it?

Starters are expensive (especially if going back with an OEM one), so, in your opinion(s), is replacing the starter the conventional way easy enough for me to just leave it alone? You know that old saying, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", but I also know a lot of people when changing a car's timing belt will replace the water pump, and vice versa.
 

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Also, we have a chain and the WP is on the ass end of the motor in plain site/reach.
Yep, I know.... I wasn't referring to my car...just giving a common example of when people fix something that isn't broke while they are neck deep into a needed repair.
 

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By the way, something odd has come up. I haven't been able to get back on this job, but last night, I decided to compare the old O-ring on the old PCV valve to the new one. I could not find the old one anywhere... not on the old PCV valve and not in its port in the engine!!! Any ideas?
 

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By the way, something odd has come up. I haven't been able to get back on this job, but last night, I decided to compare the old O-ring on the old PCV valve to the new one. I could not find the old one anywhere... not on the old PCV valve and not in its port in the engine!!! Any ideas?
Never mind, I pried around with my pick and found it was stuck tightly in the PCV valve port. When I looked previously, it didn't look like an o-ring, looked like it was one with the hole.
 
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