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Starter grinding on 87 f-150 with the 4.9 strait six and c-6 trans. done put 4 starters does it need shiming

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You can't shim Ford starters. First check to make sure you're getting correct starter... Ford 6's have a couple different "noses"/inputs - some actually extend further in. So check to make sure you're getting the correct part from your source. If it is correct part, you're going to have to replace flywheel. Also before putting in starter, check the flywheel for "burrs" - tiny metal particles left behind from old starter on flywheel. Almost like metal shavings between teeth of flywheel.

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My starter is sticking to my fly wheel and shutin off my truck got another starter same problem loud grind noise. Just put trans back in then problem started

Same Trans? Same FlyWheel/Flexplate? Same Engine?
Sounds like something didn't line up right - make sure you didn't pinch something between the trans and engine somewhere causing the trans to be at a different angle.
GM products do have shims for the starter to compensate for tolerence differences - not sure how many other manufacturers do that - is this a GM vehicle?

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