Yes, I don't for the life of understand why places like auto zone sell such cheaply made parts when they just have to take them back. I wish that better made parts were sold over the counterAutozone honored the warranty after it tested bad for too high voltage drop. I walked out of the store with a new replacement starter. I’d say it was free, but it still cost me two hours of my time to remove, return, and install it. Not exactly what I was planning to do when I got home this evening, but my wife was happy when it cranked and started. Then she drove it around for a bit and said the idle was really rough . . . I was thinking this thing is starting to fall apart until I remembered it needs to go through the idle relearning process.
If I had to do this over, I would have bit the bullet and purchased an OEM remanufactured starter three years ago instead of cheaping out. I think at that time OEM was $350 while aftermarket was $160. But the OEM one lasted 13 years; aftermarket not even 3. Lesson learned.