Hi there to answer your question it could be a couple of things
the battery connections them selves (corroded) clean up both and reinstall then try if it does not work then it could be the connections at the starter disconnect battery and clean those , it that fails then its you starter solinoid and the starter will have to be replaced thanks don
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I don't think the number of teeth on the starter matter. You just need the right starter for that engine.
In 1968, the 283 CI was replaced with a 307 CI. In 1969, the 327 CI engine was enlarged to the 350 CI. Those are the options for those years, small block v-8s: 283, 307, 327, 350; Big block v-8s were the 396 CI, and 402 CI. An old chevy guy might be able to tell you what engine you have, by looking at it.
Before you trouble shoot a car always charge your battery. It sounds like you have a loose Battery Cable to the Starter to me. This has happen to me that's how I know. To confirm this pull on the positive battery cable while someone else tries to start your car. Did it start? If it did not start then it's between your Battery and your Starter. Let's now check your Battery. Fully charge it again and make sure you have 12.6 Volts if your Battery does not take a charge it has a bad cell and needs changing. If your Battery turns out good then you have to check your starter or Solenoid and if one is bad change them both. Remove it and have an auto store check it to see which one is bad. I hope this helps you out. Let me know how you make out.
Most likely, the problem you are dealing with is a dead battery. The reason this is apparent is you said "there is no clicking noise like a bad starter, it just does nothing..." Normally, if there is any charge at all in the battery, you will get the clicking noise you describe as the ignition circuit is trying to charge the solenoid that turns over the starter and turns on the engine. If you have a battery jumper box available, your S40 will probably start at the first flick of you ignition key if your battery is fairly new. To hook up the battery box, just place the clips as you would standard jumper cables, red to red (+) on the battery and black (-) to a good ground point on the engine (it has to be solid metal-to-metal contact). Then turn key to fire up the engine. Once your car has started you have to run it about 10 miles to put any sort of charge back into the battery. If the battery won't hold the charge then it is time to replace it.
I've had the same problem many times.First check the starter post.It has a nut at the bottom,the battery cable sandwiched(with some other wire connectors) in and a nut holding the cables on.The bottom nut (closest to the starter) loosens up and breaks contact with the voltage from the battery.Take off the top nut and cables and make sure the bottom nut is tight.(not muscleman tight,wuss tight).If this checks out OK and the problem still occurs replace the starter.