Question about 1996 Pontiac Grand Am
We put a new starter on, now the car has a really loud, high pitched noise. We put starter shims on, even though the original did not come with them, and that didnt help either, What size shims? & What do you think is causing this noise?
If the starter did not have a shim dont put one in if the start is make the nosie without the shim the new starter is bad (ase)certautotech
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Last year, on my 96 sunfire, I bought a reman starter from O'reilly auto parts. the starter was a little smaller than the OEM starter I replaced it with. The thing would cause a metal grinding sound. It's the starter gear teeth rubbing off the flywheel gear teeth which is bad!!! I took it off and returned it back O'reillys. I bought an OEM reman starter from a GM dealership, used no shims, and the starter fit perfectly. I haven't had a problem since. Sad to say, if you ran that starter for along time with the metal grinding noise, you could have messed up the flywheel teeth. then the starter doesn't have a flywheel to turn the crankshaft to start your engine. The only way to know for sure is to take the starter off. Stick a digital camera in there to take picture of the flywheel teeth. then turn the crankshaft by hand with a wrench. continue to take pictures to see if you have any missing flywheel teeth.
That's what I did.
See how my flywheel teeth got scuffed up by using a starter from the auto chains! This has happened to me on two different vehicles. Same reason, those lifetime starters at the auto chains are junk. See the flywheel teeth in the pic. I'm glad I caught it in time. if there are pieces of teeth missing from your flywheel, your going to have starter problems.
Posted on Jun 09, 2009
Did it make the rumbling sound befor you did the brakes? If so check the muffler, motor mounts. New brakes might make a little scraping noise while wearing in but I dont know about the clicking.Did you overtighten the wheel bearings. They have to be tightened then backed off a little bit before putting the pin back in. Have you checked the back brakes?
Posted on Sep 19, 2009
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