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Old 03-10-2014, 03:23 PM   #1
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starter makes a grinding noise

I replaced the starter about 3 months ago with an advanced auto one. Now it will make a grinding noise when i try to start it. I pulled the starter off and tested it on the work bench the bendex comes out and it spins good and i inspected the flywheel and it isnt missing any teeth i put it all back together and it starts with no grinding but a few days later it does the same thing. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated

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Old 03-10-2014, 04:49 PM   #2
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Bolts for the starter working loose? I had to put a longer bolt in mine and put a nut on the other end of it to keep it tight. The threads seemed tight, but they were stripped in the aluminum bell housing, just enough to allow the starter to grind.

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Old 03-10-2014, 05:05 PM   #3
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Some of the GM's used to have spacers with the starter (Real PITA). I don't know if jeep ever used them. I would tend to agree with oiiio. You could use a helicoil if they are stripped bad, or try some BLUE locktite.
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:07 PM   #4
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or could be a bad starter drive. you say it spins, but does it retract all the way every time?
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Old 03-10-2014, 07:23 PM   #5
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There have been other forum complaints regarding rebuilt Advanced Auto starters/alternators. I would take it back and get another one before I would invest a lot of time in the one you have.
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Sometimes the bushing in the front of the starter falls out. I guess they didn't do a good job of rebuilding it. Check to see if the copper bushing is there. This happened to me a while ago.
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it happend again yesterday i pulled it off and put it back on and it worked until this morning i am just going to get a new one from napa and forget about the advanced auto crap
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Old 03-15-2014, 02:27 PM   #8
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replaced the starter with a napa one and it does the same thing how can i tell if the the po put a different year engine in it or would that make a difference
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:44 PM   #9
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replaced the starter with a napa one and it does the same thing how can i tell if the the po put a different year engine in it or would that make a difference
What engine and tranny is in there now? I've been through about 12 starters now which brought on flywheel problems which ruined my tranny(but the ba-10 was ruined from factory). The only starters I've never had problems with was the mean greens. If the flywheel isn't tight enough it could be throwing it off balance making it worse.
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the engine is an 87 4.2 and as far as i know the tranny is a ba-10. i tried a starter from a newer jeep and its the same thing as before
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Old 03-17-2014, 08:47 AM   #11
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Where your starter shim? If its gone, that'll do it.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:20 AM   #12
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the engine is an 87 4.2 and as far as i know the tranny is a ba-10. i tried a starter from a newer jeep and its the same thing as before
Make sure you are using the proper year/model starter. The one you want should have the starter solenoid on the starter its self. I believe they are ford starters that would explain the problem lol. As for starter shims the advanced auto and AutoZone ones are made to not use shims. The Napa starters may or may not need shims Napa has a shim kit with 3 different sizes for $3.00
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:33 AM   #13
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I don't trust anything ANYONE at autozone tells me anymore. They're so terrible. And their computers always have the wrong parts for my 90. U-joint sizes, clutch parts, etc. the list goes on. It's like shopping at Walmart. Only without the cheap DVDs and beef jerky.
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Old 03-17-2014, 09:38 AM   #14
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also having starter issues

well I had to replace my flywheel ring gear this winter due to worn teeth... now when I try to start it sometimes just cluncks or makes awful racket if it does turn over. best luck I have had is pushing towards the engine block as I tighten down. seems to be a common problem.. have found plenty of advise to buy a mean green starter not opposed to the idea just not sure if that is the problem... the starter teeth are wearing out fast on the inner corner ..also did impessions of gears and they seem like they should mesh any help or a reason y the mean green would be the solution would be highly appreciated .............almost riding time again 1990 yj 4.2

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