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Starter problems I have 85 bronco II Ihave replaced the fly wheel new one, not remanufactured and a brand new starter, when I crank it over the starter grinds very bad, sometimes turns over the motor and sometimes it does not. But you always hear a bad grinding sound. any ideas. Same problem with my 88 Ford Bronco II. Except mine only acts up after warm. I'm convinced that it's the starter, which has been replaced 4 times in last 2 years....with remanufactured. I've been told that THIS is the problem exactly..... REMANUFACTURED. I need to go ahead and spend the $170 for new rather than $60 for the remanned. The other issue is RUNNING TOO RICH... After warmup, the engine revs up to 1500-2000 at idle when stopped for no apparent reason....therefore increasing exhaust heat. I purchased a heat shield for the starter which claims to deflect up to 2000 degrees temp away from the starter....$30 results. Checked my battery..12.3 volts cold, and 14.4 running, which is normal. If I stop to get gas, it has to be push started from there, at which point it runs with alot of knocking for a minute or two and clears up. Totally baffled, and not really wanting to replace everything in search for a "CURE" I plan to replace the starter this weekend with brand new one.....will follow up with results...also considering wrapping the exhaust with fiberglass tape that helps sheild entire engine compartment/components from excessive heat. We'll see....In the meantime any ideas are definitely welcomed!

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I had a simular problem with a buick motor in my 68 jeep pick-up.The distributer shaft bushings were worn to the point of irradical fireing,even back firing dureing start-up and shattered the houseing on the new starter.It could advance your timeing and cause your motor to run hot and become har to start.GOOD LUCK! Idaho Gym.

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