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Old 07-09-2002, 08:11 AM
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Arrow Burned out my new starter! Why?

Replaced a starter for a 305 GM engine, Manual transmission, used no shims.
When I put in the clutch & turned the key, the starter started cranking, when I turned the key to the run position, and then to off, and released the clutch, the starter just kept cranking. As the battery was running down, I tried to disconnect the terminals, but, too late the starter stopped, and burned out a spot on the armature.

What happened?
1. Short in the wiring?
2. No shims caused the starter drive gear to bind into the flywheel gear and kept the solenoid engaged?
3. Any other ideas?

What is best way to tell what shims are needed, on a setup in the car already?

I have heard that you need a paper clip to fit in the valley between the gears on the drive and the flywheel.... How do you see in there? What has to be removed?

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