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Does a 1998 Jeep wrangler starter require a shim? Replacement starter is leaving a 3/8 " gap when mounted.

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You likely don't need shims in fact that will make it worse.The replacement starter is likely a starter that will work on your vehicle but is not the same model as the starter that you removed.If this is the case then you will need shorter mounting bolts or a stack of about 4 washer between the bolt heads and the starter.Usually the rebuilt starters are made from cores that are the cheapest to rebuild so it is likely that this is what has happened.

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  1. this also depends on which motor but this is for 4.3
  2. Disconnect the battery negative cable.
  3. Raise and suitably support the vehicle. Refer to Lifting and Jacking the Vehicle in General Information.
  4. Remove the front tire and wheel assembly from the right side of the vehicle. Refer to Wheel Removal in Tires and Wheels.

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  6. Remove the differential carrier shield mounting bolts, if equipped.
  7. Remove the differential carrier shield, if equipped.

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  9. Remove the wires from the solenoid.

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  11. Remove the starter mounting bolts by accessing them below the right wheel house panel.

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  13. Remove the starter from the vehicle.
  14. Note the location of the shims, if equipped.
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  1. Install the starter and the inboard starter mounting bolt. Do not tighten.
  2. Install the starter shims, if equipped.

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