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Starter sticking put 3 rebuilt starters on blazer all done same thing when you crank it over the bendix keeps sticking in flywheel

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  • blhsfootball May 16, 2009

    did that too and it didn't help

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You need starter shims between the starter motor and the engine block. shims are availble at your auto part store.

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