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Engine sounds i just replace my starter and when i start the car i get a metal grinding sound.

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  • dethklok71 Oct 17, 2008

    i did that and still get the noise.

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You may need to place shims between the mating surfaces of the starter and engine.

Posted on Oct 16, 2008

  • Castle Towery Oct 17, 2008

    you may need more shims. if that doesn't work replace the starter again.

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