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Starters grinding I have a 1996 chevy suburban with 5.7L auto and 4x4. I have replaced the starter and checked out the flywheel which has some slight wear on it but no missing teeth. Will slight wear be enough to make the starter grind? Also, I have tried shimming the starter which doesn't seem to help much. Do the shims bring the flywheel and bendix closer or further apart?

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Any model made after the 6 month is the next year model ( look inside your driver side door ) you should have the sticker that has your date on it,and try a 97 starter, it fits and lines up, ( and its a bigger starter )hope that helps you out

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Further apart might have to use 2 shims if the starter is after market

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