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dirtracing47 08-31-2006 09:46 PM

Stuborn Starter
i am a dirt track racer i have a 79 camaro. i run it in the street stock class. it has a built gm 350. my starter keeps grinding the flexplate. i have tried a new starter and flexplate but still get the same results. it will turn over a few times then just start grinding the flexplate. i was wandering if anyone could help me with my problem

Rick WI 08-31-2006 10:42 PM

All you need to do is get under the car and with a long screwdriver lever the bendix gear on the starter out to engage the flexplate gear. Look at the mesh of the gears and it should be obvous how the starter needs to be shimmed to get proper alignment. Baiscally you want about .030 clearange on the gear teeth. It's pretty obvious when you get under there and check it.

You can buy shims at almost any large parts store.

dirtracing47 09-01-2006 07:17 AM

thanks alot for the advice i will try that

Rick WI 09-01-2006 07:27 AM

NO problem, good luck. It should be a simple fix.

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