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allzway
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted June 25, 2004 07:31 AM  
My old mini starter bit the dust and I purchased a new one and little heavier duty one.

Problem is that it is too close to the flywheel. Starts the car perfect, but you can hear it still hitting the flexplate with the engine running.

I have put up to 4 shims and it doesn't seem to get any better.

1. How do the shims move the starter gear away from the flexplate?

2. How many shims is too many shims?

3. So far I haven't fixed it, so I am looking for ideas???

WesternAuto17
Dirt Forum Champ
Total posts: 569
posted June 25, 2004 07:42 AM  
Whole shims moves the starter down and, consequntly, away from the flywheel. Adding half shims moves it closer by moving it in an arc which curves toward the centerline on the motor.

You should have about 1/8th of an inch clear between the starter gear and flex plate. Keep adding shims until you get there. If you leave it where you have it, it will ruin the starter, flywheel or both.

19J
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 370
posted June 25, 2004 04:20 PM  
A half shim will also move it out. You just switch what bolt you put it on. Might try that.

FlyinBrian
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 22
posted June 25, 2004 07:21 PM  
MIne did the same thing. I assume you have a Hitachi starter like mine. You need a shim between the starter motor and the adapter plate to move the starter gear toward the front of the car. Call me for more info.

allzway
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 136
posted June 27, 2004 12:10 PM  
quote:
Originally posted by FlyinBrian:
MIne did the same thing. I assume you have a Hitachi starter like mine. You need a shim between the starter motor and the adapter plate to move the starter gear toward the front of the car. Call me for more info.


Brian... Yep...that was what it was. The starter came with one shim, but I ended up having to fab another one to make it work.

Too bad it rained us out last night.

    

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