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1996 k1500 pick up, when OD is engaged or while in OD, the starter, may try to engage. The problem is intermittent. The transmission was replaced earlier this year, and the neutral safety switch was transferred from my other unit.

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So we don/t get ahead of ourselves, are you positive that it is the starter you are hearing? Often times the flywheel/ring gear, can become loose due to not tightening the mounting bolts for the torque converter enough or the mounting bolts for the flywheel/ring gear itself. Both of these situations will give off a sound similar to that of a starter engaging as the engine is running. Also you'll want to check and make sure that the starter itself is not coming loose from not tightening the mounting bolts correctly. As far as a starter trying to engage on any vehicle except a ford product which utilizes an entirely different type of solenoid, I've never heard that complaint in 4 decades. Best bet is to take a good look around. I'm not saying that this cannot happen, but it would have to be contributed to a very worn or frayed harness somewhere in the starting circuit.Thank you, please let me know what you find I'm intrigued with this problem.Dana

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