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I have a 69 impala with a brand new trans and a 2500 stall. Flywheel is not cracked bolts r tight, but when I start it up the engine sounds almost like its running dry. Im gettin a very loud metal on metal chirping sound. Nothing is hitting and the motor sounds fine when not hooked up to the trans. Any idea what this could be?

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  • bamaboy6295 May 16, 2010

    Yes. I gave the car a second look. The starter was closer than I realized because i did check it before. so when the trans fluid would fillup the converter it was just enough weight to make the flywheel walk in the stater and just graze the gear. Im going to take the starter off and see what I can do about it this week when i have3 time. I will let u know how it turns out. Thanks alot man.


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Hi BamaBoy,

Nice ride, my brother had one.

This is one of those times when I wish we had sound so I could hear it.

My first thought was the starter not disengaging. But the fact that it sounds fine with out the tranny throws a wrench in that theory.

Even so, it's still the first (cheapest/easiest) thing I'd check.

If the solenoid is disengaging but the gears are not letting go, shims may be required to attain minimum clearance.

If it is not disengaging, the problem is electrical. Run a test light to the 'S' terminal of the starter.Make sure it only comes on when the key is turned to the START position.

Let me know what you find. We'll take it from there

Best regards

Posted on May 16, 2010

  • Justin Case
    Justin Case May 16, 2010

    That's excellent news.

    Those shims i was talking about might cost 0.25 cents.

    It won't take much. 15 minute fix.

    Have fun,



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