Originally Posted by Richiehd
More likely a flywheel issue. Got pictures?
I turned the plate, it's the same all the way around. Pics at rest and extended. Both starters look the same. I've got a starter from Chevrolet Performance (Bowtie on the side) coming, but I really don't think it'll be any different.
The teeth engage about 1/2 the gear width as you can see. The mesh backlash is perfect.
The info sheet with each starter shows that the gap at rest should be .10 (.060 to .140). The gap measures +- .30. The ring gear won't last long like this.
If the mounting holes in the block are in the wrong place, I'll have to have a new mounting plate machined.