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Starter not working after replacing: need shims???

Replacing a starter but not sure about the shims???

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If there are shims when you take out the starter then put the same back in if there is Not starter shims then it should not need them.

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Every 6 months must replace starter.


Anon. Do you have to crank the engine over a lot to get the engine started, do you need a tune up? If it a factory stock engine and you are sure it is correct starter and installed properly (with shims if required for meshing gap), makes me think there may be a damaged ring gear on the flywheel/flexplate. Also make sure starter is quality part.
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Smoking starter


when mounting a chevy starter you must shim it down so it wont lock up when the bendix hits the flywheel..if it binds up it will burn up..there are different thicknesses of shims that fit between the block and the starter nose cone..use one or a combination of these to shim down enough that it wont drag..shim too far and it will spin out..I have owned chevys for years and have yet to see one that did not need shimmed down..these shims fit over the mounting bolts on the starter..

Dec 27, 2013 | 2004 Chevrolet Malibu

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My starter went out and when i replaced it it keeps hitting the fly wheel. a friend said he thinks the that ignition is not letting it disengage?


you need to shim the starter start with one shim if it still wont disengauge use next thicker one it should fix your starter. you can get shims at auto parts store. also when strarer is loose make sure you cant wiggle the flywheel it could be loose but unlikly (very rare)

Apr 28, 2011 | Ford E-250 Cars & Trucks

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90 blazer, starter problems, grinding at flywheel, tried, new bolts, shims, and new starter, how often do you have to use 1/2 shims?


inspect fly wheel good could have bad ring gear. check torque convertor bolts they are tigth. with starter bolted up NO SHIMS push out pinion gear and check clearance at flywheel teeth . you can use a feeler gauge (ROUND DIAMETER) measure clearance between top of flywheel ring gear tooth & bottom tooth of pinion tooth on starter clearance should be 0.01-0.06inchs. can ge shim in different gauges. DONT USE MORE THAN 2 SHIMS. some times you have to shim them but not often most of the time if use shims have a flywheel issue.

Nov 23, 2010 | GMC Jimmy Cars & Trucks

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The starter in my 95 Isuzu is going how do i replace it


I have pasted the procedure from autozone.com below, but I also recommend you read my starter post at http://www.fixya.com/cars/r5973094-starter_replace and let me know if you have questions.

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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
  3. Label and disconnect the battery and starter control wires from the starter.
  4. If equipped, remove the starter bracket and/or heat shield.
  5. Remove the starter-to-engine mounting bolts.
  6. Lower the starter from the engine. If any shims are present, keep them for reinstallation purposes.

To install:
  1. Install the starter and shims, if equipped, to the engine. Tighten the mounting bolts to 30-34 ft. lbs. (39-44 Nm).
  2. Install the starter bracket and/or heat shield, if equipped.
  3. Reconnect the electrical connectors to the starter.
  4. Lower the vehicle.
  5. Connect the negative battery cable.
  6. Start the vehicle to make sure the starter functions correctly.


SHIMMING


Starter noise during cranking and after the engine fires is often a result of too much or tool little distance between the starter pinion gear and the flywheel. A high pitched whine during cranking (before the engine fires) can be caused by the pinion and flywheel being too far apart. Likewise, a whine after the engine starts (as the key is released) is often a result of the pinion-flywheel relationship being too close. In both cases flywheel damage can occur. Shims are available in various sizes to properly adjust the starter on its mount. In order to check and adjust the shims, you will also need a flywheel turning tool, available at most auto parts stores.
If your vehicle's starter emits the type of noise previously described, follow the shimming procedure below:

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise and support the vehicle safely using jackstands.
  3. Remove the torque converter/flywheel cover from the bottom of the bell housing.
  4. Using the flywheel turning tool, turn the flywheel and examine the flywheel teeth. If damage is evident, the flywheel should be replaced.

Most starters are equipped with an access hole in which a small screwdriver or prybar may be inserted to push the starter pinion outward into contact with the flywheel.
  1. Move the starter pinion and clutch assembly so the pinion and flywheel teeth mesh. If necessary, rotate the flywheel so that a pinion tooth is directly in the center of the two flywheel teeth and on the centerline of the two gears, as shown in the accompanying illustration.

Normal pinion-to-flywheel clearance is about 0.01-0.06 in. (0.5-1.5mm).
  1. Check the pinion-to-flywheel clearance by using a 0.020 in. (0.5mm) wire gauge (a spark plug wire gauge may work here, or you can make your own). Make sure you center the pinion tooth between the flywheel teeth and the gauge-NOT in the corners, as you may get a false reading. If the clearance is under this minimum, shim the starter away from the flywheel by adding 0.04 in. (1mm) shims one at a time to the starter mount. Check clearance after adding each shim, but do not use more than 2 shims.
  2. If the clearance is over 0.060 in. (1.5mm), shim the starter towards the flywheel. Broken or severely mangled flywheel teeth are also a good indicator that the clearance here is too great. Shimming the starter towards the flywheel is done by adding shims to the outboard starter mounting pad only. Check the clearance after each shim is added. Add 0.013 in. (0.33mm) shims at this location, one at a time, but do NOT add a total of more than 4 shims.

Oct 28, 2010 | 1995 Isuzu Trooper

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How many shims go in when replacing the starter?


Hello, If there were not any shims when you removed the starter you should not have to use any. You will know for sure after you install the replacement starter.

Sep 05, 2010 | 1994 Cadillac DeVille

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How to remove a starter from a 1999 chevy silverado 4x4 pickup


1) Disconnect Negative Cable on Battery
2) Starters on right-side Close to Trans. Bell Housing
3) Remove the 2-Starter Bolts and Shim if it's
if it has shims.
4) Remove the wires off Solenoid: Mark Them:
5) Remove the Heat Gaurd Over top of Starter:
6) Take Starter on Out.

To Re-Install Reverse the Procedure that you Removed the Starter. NOTE: the Shims if there was any are only nessary if the Casting of the Starter is not Exactly or Close to The Original.

Be sure that All the Wires you Took off the Starter Solenoid are put Back on the Exact Same Terminal. And Snug them up .Be careful not to Over Tighten,:
Specs on Bolts Are :
Torque Starter Battery Cable Nut to 90 inch lbs
Torque Smaller ingnition wier nuts to 18 Inch Lbs
Torque the 2- Starter Mounting Bolts to 35 FOOT lbs.
Remember if your Old Starter Had Shims the New one MIGHT need Shims.All Starters Casting are just a Little Different. like by thousands of an inch. So if you have problems you might have to remove or add shims,they come in different sizes. Hope this has helped you,Please let me know how this solution Helped. Thank You: From d_hubbs

Jun 07, 2010 | 1999 Chevrolet C1500

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I have a 1998 oldsmobile intrigue replaced starter but after starting its slow releaseing


You likely need to add a starter shim or maybe two.The replacement starters are made from the cheaper 5mt style starters and depending on where they where manufactured,you may or may not need the shims.Any auto parts store should have them,you don't need to take the starter back off to shim it,just take out the furthest bolt from the block and loosen the other one and then you can insert the shim.Try one at first,then the second if that made little difference.

Apr 27, 2010 | 1998 Oldsmobile Intrigue

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How hard is it to replace a starter for a 3.2 engine dodge intrepid


Make sure the engine is cool.
> If you need to work on the starter from beneath, roll the vehicle onto ramps or jack up the front end and lower it onto jackstands. Observe all recommended safety precautions and make doubly sure the rear wheels are blocked.
> Check that the ignition key is in the OFF position.
> Loosen the negative battery-cable bolt and remove the cable from the terminal with a terminal puller.
> Detach the battery/starter cable from the solenoid or starter.
> If working with a starter-mounted solenoid, remove any additional wires, noting their respective positions.
> Usually two or three bolts attach the starter horizontally through the mounting flange. General Motors vehicles use vertical bolts, and you may find shims between the starter block and the engine. If this is the case, don't lose them (or it)�you'll need it (or them) to mount the new starter.
> If there is a support bracket on the front of the starter, remove it.
> Drop the starter out of the car. This can be a chore. You might have to turn the wheels, or, on some Fords, disconnect an idler arm. Oil pressure sending units, transmission oil cooler lines or brackets, the ground strap, the exhaust pipe, a crossmember, or the housing cover for the flywheel may have to be loosened or removed to provide adequate clearance.
> Mount the new starter, reversing the procedure used to remove the old one. You GM do-it-yourselfers have no doubt reinstalled the original shim(s), and have done a fine job of doing so, but if there is any extra engine noise or starter whine when you crank it up, shim adjustment may be called for. A starter noise when you crank the engine means you need to either remove one full-length shim or add one short shim to the outboard pad. A high-pitched whine after the engine is running calls for adding full-length shims one at a time (but no more than four) until the whine disappears.
> Re-hook the battery/starter cable, along with the additional wires that may be present in starter-mounted solenoid situations.

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