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which marine starter is correct for my Volvo penta or Mercruiser

Most Volvo Penta, Mercruiser and OMC inboards use a GM/Chevy based engine, (although there is the odd Ford around)
because of this they use fairly common starters, however, there are still a few options, the main ones are -
does it have a staggered or parallel mounting bolt pattern?,
is it the early 'fat body' type which was fitted up to around 1990, or
is it the later PMGR type, or even the short solenoid nose casting type fitted to later 3.0 litre (4 cyl) engines from about 1996/7 onwards.
Here are some images of the more common types of starter.

PS just to throw in some more confusion, some of the engine blocks have all three tapped holes and so will take either type of starter, and the later PMGR starters will fit the earlier 'Fat Body types'

PLEASE NOTE, ALL OUR STARTERS ARE GENUINE MARINE STARTERS THEY ARE NOT AUTOMOTIVE ONES

THEY ARE IGNITION PROTECTED TO PREVENT RISK OF EXPLOSION FROM FUEL VAPOUR IN THE BILGES

NEVER SUBSTITUTE A MARINE STARTER FOR AN AUTOMOTIVE ONE !!



fat body

fat body

This Is the early fat body type fitted to 2.5 litre (120hp), 3.0 litre (140hp) V6 (175, 185 & 205 hp) and V8 (both small and big block) Many different horsepower groups up until around 1989/90
This starter can be substituted for the later PMGR types but it is our opinion that although these starters draw more current they are a much Beefier item than the later types.

Shown here with staggered mount bolt but also available with parallel.

W5323M (Staggered)

W5314M (Parallel)
Staggered PMGR

Staggered PMGR

This is the later PMGR (Permanent Magnet Gear Reduction) type starter as fitted to most engines after about 1990, the most common one is the 1.4 KW model which will turn most engines including V8's however we do keep a 1.7 KW heavy duty version which is preferable for the larger V8's and big blocks, this is shown here in staggered bolt pattern

Our Numbers

W5399M (1.4KW)

W5399MHT (1.7KW)

W5398MHT (1.7KW) Late 3.0 litre
Parallel PMGR

Parallel PMGR

This is the PMGR Starter but with parallel bolt pattern,

Our Part number W5401M

Serial Numbers are always a help when Identifying starters, however we have come across engines where the serial number says it should be fitted with a Staggered bolt type and it was actually fitted with a parallel type so it is always worth checking before you order


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