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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jun 3rd, 03, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Every once in a while when I start my 69 the starter won't engage the flywheel and I get the grinding noise, this happens about once every 50 or so starts. Do you think I need to reshim my starter, Its the orginal one that I got with the car before the new crate powerplant was added. It checked out fine but, I wonder if I should replace it. It's only done this about three times since I replaced the motor, (about 8 months ago). I don't want to have to replace the flex plate in time, (it's new). Maybe I am worrying about nothing...What do you guys think? Thanks Mike [img]smile.gif[/img] P. S. Maybe I should have posted this in troubleshooting...sorry [img]graemlins/clonk.gif[/img]


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Jun 4th, 03, 02:05 AM
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Jack the car up and place it on jackstands. With the battery disconnected, move the starter pinion gear towards the flexplate using a small screwdriver. Whith the pinion gear engaged with the ring gear of the flexplate, measure the clearance between the meshed teeth. Best way to do this is to use a standard paper clip. If the clip fits in with slight drag the clearance is good if it is sloppy, you will need to shim the starter.
You might also need to lube the pinion gear shaft on the starter. These things get gummed up and delay engagement. Clean the shaft with brake cleaner and spray with a waterproof grease.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Jun 6th, 03, 05:28 AM
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Take a close look at the teeth on the flex plate, if they are badly worn it may have to be replaced,
You might find one spot that is badly worn and chewed up, this would be the spot on the fly wheel when the starter grinds.
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