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1988 ford f150, have replaced the starter3x this year. The starter just spins, if i take the starter off and re-install it starts, turnoff and will not re-start. I been told i need spacers, others say i need to get an OME starter, HELP

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It IS true that starters are finicky beasts. They require fairly precise alignment, which sometimes includes the use of spacing shims. The starter must freely engage and disengage with the flywheel to start the engine, and a slight misalignment can prevent this process. You probably don't require a factory starter (OEM), but you should try adding one shim at a time until the starter engagement is consistently working. Good luck.

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