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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 10, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Starters: 350 vs 400?

Is there a difference in a starter for a 400 small block and a 350? I replaced an old style starter with an aluminum mini-starter and have gone through two of them without much if any use. I know the flywheel is from a 400 (383ci), but I had presumed all sbc starters were the same. I am wondering if this may be my problem?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 27th, 10, 12:33 PM
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Re: Starters: 350 vs 400?

There were two different flywheels (flexplates) as far as tooth count goes - 153 and 168 - and each requires its own starter. You need to determine how many teeth your flywheel has and get the correct starter for it.


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Re: Starters: 350 vs 400?

Ive been told that auto transmissions use the 168 count. I also have the staggered bolt pattern which I have been told should be 168 count. I havent counted the teeth, but that is what I have been basing my purchase on.

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Re: Starters: 350 vs 400?

Auto trans can be 153 or 168 just like manual trans. My auto uses a 153.

I've heard lots of good and lots of bad about the mini starters. You might do a search and see which brand people have had good luck with. I personally like the old original style starter with the brace installed at the front.


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Re: Starters: 350 vs 400?

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with the brace installed at the front.
This is a component that looks as if it is not very important, do not under rate its effect.
Something not mentioned too often in starter motor threads, maybe should be?

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Jan 28th, 10, 06:52 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Starters: 350 vs 400?

I got under the car and examined the flywheel after replacing my starter(under warranty). Sure enough I found a broken tooth or two. I dont know if it is a cause or a result, but it looks like a new flywheel is in my future. I do have some flywheel questions, but I will start a new post for those.


The starter I am buying is based on 2000 Tahoe, 5.7Liter, Auto transmission. Any thought on how many teeth are on those flywheels? I am going to investigate a little more.

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