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Starter drags-hesitates i just rebuilt my motor on my 84 ford f150 straight 6 4.9l 300 and my old starter would drag on a hot start so i got a heat shield for it and it fixed the problem for a while. it started to drag again so i got a new starter and solenoid switch and now it drags every start cold or hot . i would greatly appreciate your help on this problem

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  • rjmodesto Jul 16, 2008

    i dont have it shimmed because i was told it wasnt required. do i need to shim it?

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Is it shimmed correctly?

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