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Old 02-19-2003, 03:15 PM
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new engine in about to start the car for the first time, so i think...

I'm hearing a grinding noise, sounds like it's coming from the starter/flywheel area. The car turns but there's a heavy vibration.
Sounds like the starter gear pushes out right onto the flywheel? There seems to be no metal or wear on the flywheel.
My thought is that it's the flywheel and starter not lined up right...Maybe shims?

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Old 02-19-2003, 04:31 PM
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If it's a GM V8 probably needs a starter shim. They sell kits with different thickness shims. Start thin and add untill she's good.
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It's a v-8, I've bought a shim kit, going to try in the morning. Just don't understand how I need a shim kit when the blocks different, but the same casting number?
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I don't think there are more than two engines a day that are manufactured to identical specifications. 'N' that was an accident.



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Dmorris and Slider are both correct. I "shimmed" and played with mine and could never get it 100% right. I tried it so many times I ended up breaking one side of the lugs. I put a high torque mini on, and it was cured. Just my 2c, and good luck.
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I fixed it...needed a new starter, looked at it and noticed too much play in the gear, also on the shaft the gear rides on. Thanks for your sugestions
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I take it the ring gear is OK?
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My advice after many years of experience (40 plus) is to leave so called rebuilt starters and alternators in their stores, ( Autozone, NAPA, and the rest ofthe so called only place to go stores). Their stuff is Chinese crap. Go to someplace like RockAuto and get something that will work the first time. I personally deal with O`reillys and never have a problem. Once on my 74 Monte Carlo I had a starter death and went to Manny Mo and Jack and came out with a rebuilt starter that after I installed it found out the mounting place on the starter had been milled down about 60 thousands and it immediately chewed my flexplate to death by being so close to the flexplate teeth. Experience pays in this kind of stuff. Go for new even if it does cost more. Plus it will last way more longer and thats what counts!!!!
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