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Im changing my starter and i am not sure what amount of shims i am suppose to use before i bolt the start on.

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If you removed the old starter and there were no shims then this will stand true with the new one and if there were shims you should either reuse those or get ones like it what will happen if you dont have shims in the starter is the flywheel will most likely not allow the starter to engage fully and you car will not start the shims are to keep this from happening.

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Probably not the timing chain, but it could be the crankshaft.
Its rare, but sometimes the main bearings and crank will wear enough to allow the crank to move forward or backward. Its also possible the flywheel is bent so that part of the ring gear is in the right place and part of it is not. But you should be able to turn the flywheel with the starter out and see the variance. Using shims raises the starter gear off the flywheel teeth. Its also possible the flywheel teeth are worn enough that the starter gear is riding over the teeth and locking up.

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well im not sure that the Ford part is.. but on your YJ its pretty simple, 1.disconnect the battery 2,disconnect the power leads to the cylanoid (its mounted to the top side of the started) 3.remove the starter mount bolts and slide the started our of the transmission Note: sometimes its necessary to remove the mount bolts and and remove the starter from the transmission in order to gain good access to the power wires. you can either have a partner hold the starter for you once its loose or use a bungee cord to tie it up while you disconnect it. 4. installation is reverse or removal Note: on re-manufactured starters it may be necessary to shim the starter. if after installation it grinds on the flywheel then you know it needs to be shimmed, most re-mans will come with a set of shims. hope this helps, and for the record most men who think they know alot about cars or talk like they do dont know jack diddly. i know a couple women who are fantastic mechanics.

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Sometimes the starter needs a shim installed to help this problem. If there was not a grinding noise with old starter you should be able to install a shim,these shims you can get at your auto parts store. they come in several thicknesses, most times you get 2 or 3 different thicknesses in a pack. Start with the thinner one and loosen the two starter bolts 3 to 4 turns then remove bolt furthest from engine , shim will slide in and slot at end should stradle bolt, align hole at other end and install other bolt and retighten bolts. test starter for noise,if noise is gone your done, if not try next thicker shim till noise is gone sometimes damage to the teeth on the flywheel can cause this noise but try the shims first. Good Luck!

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inspect fly wheel good could have bad ring gear. check torque convertor bolts they are tigth. with starter bolted up NO SHIMS push out pinion gear and check clearance at flywheel teeth . you can use a feeler gauge (ROUND DIAMETER) measure clearance between top of flywheel ring gear tooth & bottom tooth of pinion tooth on starter clearance should be 0.01-0.06inchs. can ge shim in different gauges. DONT USE MORE THAN 2 SHIMS. some times you have to shim them but not often most of the time if use shims have a flywheel issue.

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I have a 2000 chevy 1500 and i changed out the fly wheel and starter because of grinding noise and i was still having the same problem after i did that so i added shims on the bolts and now it wont start...

If you changed the starter with one that came off of a newer style engine,or if you got an aftermarket starter than the problem is likely to be that the bolts have bottomed out due to a narrower mounting pad on the starter.Remove all the shims and either get shorter bolts or add washer to the ones you have to make it tight to the block,been there,done that!

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Don't know what size motor you have because you didn't post it so please pick the proper one:

This is for the 4 cylinder motor--

4-cylinder engine starter connections

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
  3. If equipped, it may be necessary to disconnect and remove the EGR pipe to access all the starter bolts.
  4. Tag and disconnect the starter battery and control wiring at the starter.
  5. If equipped, remove the starter bracket and/or heat shield.
  6. Remove the starter-to-engine bolts.
  7. Move the starter away from the engine and down to remove from the vehicle. Some starter may be installed with shims between the starter and engine. When the starter is removed, these shims may fall out. Do not loose them.
To install:
  1. Install the starter and shims, if equipped to the engine. Align the mounting bolt holes and insert the bolts. Hand-tighten the bolts.
  2. Tighten the starter mounting bolts to 30–34 ft. lbs. (39–44 Nm).
  3. Install the starter bracket and/or heat shield, if equipped.
  4. Connect the battery and starter control electrical wires to the starter.
  5. If the EGR pipe was removed, install it.
  6. Lower the vehicle.
  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
  8. Start the vehicle to make sure the starter functions correctly.
This is for the V6 motor--

6-cylinder engine starter installation

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Raise and safely support the vehicle on jackstands.
  3. Label and disconnect the battery and starter control wires from the starter.
  4. If equipped, remove the starter bracket and/or heat shield.
  5. Remove the starter-to-engine mounting bolts.
  6. Lower the starter from the engine. If any shims are present, keep them for reinstallation purposes.
To install:
  1. Install the starter and shims, if equipped, to the engine. Tighten the mounting bolts to 30–34 ft. lbs. (39–44 Nm).
  2. Install the starter bracket and/or heat shield, if equipped.
  3. Reconnect the electrical connectors to the starter.
  4. Lower the vehicle.
  5. Connect the negative battery cable.
  6. Start the vehicle to make sure the starter functions correctly.

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you may need a shim if the starter wont line up with the flywheel correctly. any local parts house has these readily available.

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