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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Jun 9th, 01, 07:31 AM Thread Starter
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Here's what is happening. The starter engages then, after the engine turns about 1/4 rotation, the damn starter lets go and grinds against the flywheel teeth. I started the car about 4 hours ago and it was fine. Now, this happens.

Here are the steps I've taken, nothing has worked yet:

-Turned the engine by hand to see if a tooth was broken off the flywheel.

-Noticed a loose ground strap coming off the battery. Fixed that.

-Had the starter out about two weeks ago when I rebuilt the tranny. There were two shims which went right back in the proper orientation. So, it's not that.

-Threw ratchet across the garage and ground MY teeth!

Any ideas guys? I would really appreciate it.

Thanks,
Chad

btw. The motor is a Gen 1 small block Chev with an OEM starter.


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The first thing I'd check is to make sure the starter is tight and has the correct knurled starter bolts. It sounds like it is possibly moving. They also had a brace from the factory for the front of the starter to block that prevented this. If the above doesn't help, you may have a weak/bad bendix and could try another starter.

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The solenoid or bendix may be going.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Jun 9th, 01, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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The bolts are definitely the right ones, though, I will double check that they are tight enough. That is definitely a possibility I hadn't thought of.

If that doesn't work then I guess I have a good excuse to buy that new mini-starter!

Thanks a bunch guys; it was starting to get a little frustrating.

Chad

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