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Old 03-05-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
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Starter Issues need help

The guy i bought my jeep from just replaced the starter and said their were spacers that came with it, but he didn't install them. when i try to crank my jeep it sounds like the flywheel coming through the floorboard i just bought the jeep 3 days ago and this problem is getting worse, any ideas if the spacers should have been installed?
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:58 PM   #2
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i just replaced my starter about 8 months agao , and there is a spacer it was a little under an 1/8 of an inch thick..its on spacer that goes all the way probably could us a cpl flat washers on each side till u find the proper spacer , cant remember if it came with starter or i used the on that was already on it

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Old 03-06-2012, 11:23 AM   #3
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I depends on the starter etc....some have the spacer and some do not. What year and engine? Mine is has the spacer...
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Old 03-06-2012, 11:27 AM   #4
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State your year and engine size as these parts vary even though they are still all Yj's.
Mine is a 88 6cyl and I replaced my starter and have no spacers of any kind just bolt in and go.
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Old 03-06-2012, 12:07 PM   #5

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You can pick up starter spacer assortment packs at most auto parts stores. Autozone will have them in their "Help" section. They
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:29 PM   #6
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In the old days they were very common and called shims. You definately need some. That will solve your problem.
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:52 PM   #7
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88 inline 6, 5 speed
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Old 03-08-2012, 08:13 PM   #8
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I just went through this with my 88 Wrangler, you need shims (aka Spacers). You want to get it right, I blew 3 starters in 2 years and ended up needing a new flywheel.

Im sure someone here can give a quick how to on shimming the starter.

Apparently the tolerances where not so exact hence the shims to get your starter in the sweet spot.

Here is a link to shims at autozone
Help/3 pcs. GM offset starter shim assortment (02350) | Starter Shim. Universal Type | AutoZone.com_

Help/8 pcs. starter shim assortment (02335) | Starter Shim. Universal Type | AutoZone.com_

Help/3 pcs. 3/64 in. GM 10MT/metric starter shim (02356) | Starter Shim. Universal Type |

When I changed starters I went from no shims to 2 shims. With no shims it sounded horrid.

I googled 'Proper Starter Shimming" and came up with this.
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Old 03-09-2012, 10:21 PM   #9
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how many did you use
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:35 PM   #10
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Last time I had to use 2, what your looking for more than anything is the right sound. When you turn it over it should not be to low, higher pitched and not to noisy. I have a starter trigger so I could lay underneath and crank it over to see if I have good engagement. [I unhooked my dist. wire so it wouldn't start while I did this.]
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:21 PM   #11
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Well after some investigation i found out that i only had 2 out of 6 bellhousing bolts in and the tranny was pulled away from the engine, replaced bolts and it fixed the problem temporarily plus made the shifting and clutching ALOT easier but the new starter ended up going bad so under warranty i replaced and the new starter did great for like 3 start ups then went to grinding again, tried shimming and made it worse. now the flywheel is starting to show signs of abuse so idk i guess i will have to replace that now as well.

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