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Author Topic:   Starter blues
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 268
posted June 17, 2005 10:12 PM  
I have a starter that I have run on 3 different motors that I put on a 4th this year. I did not have any problems before. I build a new 383 this year and put a balanced assembly in it. It has a new fly wheel. The problem is that it sounds very tight when its turning the motor. I run a locked dist so I turn the motor over and then I flip the ignition on after the motor is turning. It turns over fine(still sounds tight) untill I hit the ignition then sometimes it sound like the teeth hit the flywheel and most of the time it stops turning over. I tryed shimming it and it got worse and it still sounded tight. I took the shim back out.I'm thinking that it sounds tight because it is a new flywheel and I'm use to a worn out one. End resolt is that it sounded like it was going to brake the starter and it finaly did. Now it just sounds like it kicks out but doesnt spin. I havent taken it out yet but any ideas on what the problem is, as far as why it is making such a bad noise before it quit. The starter was starting the other motor fine.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 209
posted June 17, 2005 10:24 PM  
make sure your battery is putting out enough power.
also make sure that your power cables are big enough. starters have a huge current draw, and most people run too small cable.

Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 196
posted June 17, 2005 10:31 PM  
Make sure you use real starter bolts and not just regular bolts.

Dirt Roller

Total posts: 23
posted June 18, 2005 07:26 AM  
Check out your ring gear or flywheel(whatever you wanna call it). Ive had brand new ones before that were oblong and just a hair bigger in diameter. You can get faulty parts right out of a box man!!

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 238
posted June 18, 2005 08:58 AM  
I always put a new gear on the starter when I put a new flywheel on. Seems to wear better.

Dirt Freak

Total posts: 268
posted June 18, 2005 10:07 PM  
Teampcr, you got it right! I took the starter out and when I was loosening the bolts the gear sucked back into the starter. It was stuck. I put a new gear cause the old ones bushing on the inside was pretty worn causing alot of movement on the shaft an ultimatly causing it to wedge in the flywheel. Works great now. Thanks for the input!!

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