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Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 132
posted April 25, 2005 05:19 PM  
On a small chev with stock starter it makes god awfull noise when cranking over it ate a starter drive and a new lex plate after starting like ten times. Tryed shiming it every witch way but nothing seems to work the way it did work a litte better we had a washer between block and outter bolt to roll starter closer to gear but it still ate the flex plate its a 168 tooth for a van and I think like a caprice starter but is there any diference in stock starters that will help any help on this would be great a racer that dont start wouldnt do me very much good...

Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 5390
posted April 25, 2005 06:07 PM  
There should be 1/8" clearance between the round, no teeth, part of the starter gear and the flywheel teeth. If 1/8" (I use 1/8" welding rod, no flux) won't go in then shim the starter until it will. If it is loose go back to the parts store for another starter. Many of the cores are now worn. New cores are often not to OEM specs. Or you can have some metal machined off the starter face.

Dirt Forum Racer

Total posts: 98
posted April 26, 2005 10:24 AM  
We had a lot of problems with starters last year. We found some of the starters that we got had oval shaped holes witch would let it turn a little when we cranked it. Check your flex plate, we had one with four teeth shorter then rest only found it by running my finger around the hole thing. Make sure you have a engine groud strap it will help too.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 370
posted April 26, 2005 11:24 AM  
If its too far away put a 1/2 shim on the outside bolt it will kick it in. When you get a starter it should come with a pamplet that shows all of this. We have a truck now and it was so far away the starter did that made a horrible noise and wouldnt work shimmed it in months later still works. Just a thought.

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