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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 3rd, 13, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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chevy 350 starter problem

Hello i just ecurred to following problem:

First the starter turned the engine ok, so i stopped it and pushed the gaspedal for some extra fuel(didnt run in 2 weeks). Then the starter only clicked and did nothing else.

Things I messured:

Batery 11.9volts
The big + cable to the + of the batery was ok
The - from the engine to the - of the batery was ok
Starter signal cable got volts

I tried putting an extra cable directly from the batery to the starter signal point. and it still only clicked.

When I turn the crankshaft I head the starterwheel going back so it was stuck in the flexplate. Tried starting again and it was stuck in the flexplate again.

And the starter is new, but it worked fine for a few weeks.
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 3rd, 13, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
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Re: chevy 350 starter problem

Also the flexplate is new and its a second gen camaro
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post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 3rd, 13, 11:50 AM
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Re: chevy 350 starter problem

Sounds like you need to get a pack of starter shims and properly align the starter to flexplate. Also make sure you are using the correct knurled starter bolts.
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Re: chevy 350 starter problem

i have placed shims for the starter, and it worked for a number of weeks it just suddenly stoped working.
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 3rd, 13, 12:31 PM
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Re: chevy 350 starter problem

Make sure you have factory knurled bolts and more importantly, the brace that goes from the front of the starter to the engine block.
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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 3rd, 13, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Re: chevy 350 starter problem

Ill just order and shim/bolt kit to be sure
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post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 3rd, 13, 01:19 PM
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Re: chevy 350 starter problem

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Make sure you have factory knurled bolts and more importantly, the brace that goes from the front of the starter to the engine block.
u have not addressed this part yet
The bolts, are absoute critcal...even if u find some std bolts that fit, look the same size.. dont work...
The bracet not so criticalk, sometines will get away with it, other times not.. IF have the factory knurled bolts
The bracket will not 'fix' not having factory knurled bolts

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post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 3rd, 13, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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Re: chevy 350 starter problem

I didnt have the knurled bolts and put normal bots in and it started for a few weeks, now it wont. So the knurled bolts and shimm kit is ordered.

Its still strange to me that it wont even try to turn after the solenoid activates. Need to unbolt the starter anyway to test it on a loose batery.
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post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 3rd, 13, 01:58 PM
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Re: chevy 350 starter problem

The battery is dead. A 100% charged battery should read almost 12.7 VDC.
11.9 VDC is a fully discharged battery.
A bad battery will indicate full charge on a charger since it only cares about voltage. Once a load is applied the battery has no capacity and will drop to almost 0 VDC.
The flywheel will kick the starter pinion back once the engine is spinning. If the engine never spins it can happen that the pinion wedges against the teeth when it is driven out.

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Re: chevy 350 starter problem

Correct. Need a new battery and the correct bolts. Problems should go away.
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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 3rd, 13, 11:16 PM
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I made the assumption his 11.9 v on the battery was while it was cranking/under load...which is fine
If 11.9 or under 12.5 sitting yeah battery definitely needs checking

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post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 13, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Re: chevy 350 starter problem

battery was also a new one like 2-3 months ago, and i tried to start it with starting cables on another car that was running at 3000rmp or something. It still only clicked. Just pulled out the starter to test it to be sure at work, new bolts are dilivered tomorrow. Ill post something if i know more
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post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 5th, 13, 03:57 PM
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Re: chevy 350 starter problem

If all that fails it could be the starter solenoid. If the gear is not entering the flywheel deep enough or the contacts in the starter solenoid are bad it will act the way yours is doing.
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post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old Jun 6th, 13, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Tested the starter today at work on a loose battery and the bendix wheel kicked in but didnt turn around. So the starter is going back for warrenty, got beatifull weather for the first time in weeks and now i cant drive my camaro . I hope I get another starter this weekend but probally next week.
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Re: chevy 350 starter problem

Cant u just buy a starter off the shelf at the local speed shop?
And if something is wrong, dont they just exchange it on the spot?

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