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The starter motor housing breaks when engaged

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Sounds like you need to get some shims for it. You can get them at the parts store where youbought the starter. They are little thin pieces of metal that goes between the starter and engine when you bolt the starter on.Most cars only need one.

Good luck and I hope this helps you.


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