I have a 97 Mazda 323 Protege, with a B6D engine. While looking at new starter motors, there are a few different models that seem to be applicable to my car, one says 8TH another says 10TH, what is the difference?

  • What is the make/model/engine of the vehicle you're talking about? – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Mar 26 '17 at 14:55
  • I'm not sure how relative it is to the question, but it's a 97 Mazda 323 Protege, with a B6D engine – Tanenthor Mar 26 '17 at 15:01
  • Thanks! It's relative because we need a frame of reference if we are to help you. Every manufacturer can label their starters differently and identify them in a different way. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Mar 26 '17 at 15:03
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    Maybe 8 teeth and 10 teeth, maybe for different transmissions the 323 came with? – Ben Mar 26 '17 at 15:09
  • @Ben - That's what I was thinking as well ... trying to look things up on Aussie parts houses online. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Mar 26 '17 at 15:10

The difference is two teeth. On the Mazda 323, it's normally an 8tooth application (maybe the 10 teeth - which I don't see on parts sites - is for a standard transmission?).

Buy from a parts store that will allow you to return the wrong part, and get the 8 tooth one first. Or, remove the old starter and take it along with you.

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