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Hey I need Help,
I replaced my starter and installed it but when I turned the Key And I hear A Click when I go under the car the little wheel inside of the starter is engaged in the Fly wheel but it doesnt turn the damn thing and it just keeps clicking I Hear that sound in my sleep hahaha lol seriously... Could someone help me please Frustrated and confused :confused:
 

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My battery has More than 12v's Where is the solenoid at sorry im restoring this car and im learning all this stuff with my books and all
 

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Bendex is stuck out ? Bad starter or needs shimed.
The motor does turn over (by hand) right ?
 

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if the starter isnt shimmed correctly, the bendix could bind in(too tight to the flywheel)...also, are you using a 168 tooth starter with a 156 tooth flywheel???i dont even know if that would bolt in, but just a suggestion...also check your positive connection to the starter...weak conn will make the starter a nogo...
 

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Yes the car turns over by hand I can move the flywheel just fine the starter just keeps clicking and getting stuck on the flywheel is there A Site I can go to to show me how to properly shim the starter??
 

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u should be able to put a small rod(.080 i believe...i`m sure someone here knows...) between the point of the bendix gear and the recess of the flywheel gear...sometimes the shim pack will comwith this rod...autozone starters usually come with this rod, and you can probably get one from an autoelectric shop...
 

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the starter just keeps clicking and getting stuck on the flywheel is there A Site I can go to to show me how to properly shim the starter??
Apparently, the starter is too close to the flywheel and in a bind.

Visit your local parts store and look in the Help aisle for GM starter shims in the assortment package. Usually there will be a 0.020", 0.040", and a 0.060" thick shims in the pkg. Any one of, or a combo of shims, will mocve the starter out enough to prevent binding.

The shim has a complete hole on end and a slot on the other end. Loosen both bolts, take out the outside bolt, slide in a shim with the slotted hole on the inside bolt, install the outside bolt through the shim and tighten both bolts up. Generally, a 0.020" or a 0.040" shim will cure most binding.

Its alot of work, but the correct way to shim is to remove battery power, remove the starter motor, remove the solenoid, intall the motor with a shim, and manually engage the starter drive by hand and feel/listen to its engagement. Once the drive slides in & out with ease, remove the motor, install the solenoid, install the motor with the chosen shims, wire up the solenoid, and attempt to start. You should not hear the drive pinion and ring gear on the flywheel do nothing other than "whirl." But, you can shim too much and the pinion will skip teeth, kindda like fingernails on the chalkboard.
 

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as a side note to everetts detailed(very cool) directions, there are straight shims and angled shims...make sure to get the correct ones for your starter...
 

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My battery has More than 12v's Where is the solenoid at sorry im restoring this car and im learning all this stuff with my books and all

Just because it has more than 12 volts doesn't mean it's good. Cranking amps is whats needed. Are you sure the battery is good? Could you swap in a known good one?

Mike
 
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