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SimpsonWrangler 03-10-2012 08:31 AM

HELP! Changed flexplate
 
Changed the flexplate in my 88 Wrangler YJ 4.2. Now my starter doesn't engage the teeth on the flexplate. :banghead: It seems the starter teeth, when hitting the key, need another 1/4 inch at least to even touch the teeth. WTH? I've checked multiple parts sites to make sure I got the correct flexplate and they all show the same part number that I ordered.
It's like the gear that is welded around the flexplate has a different offset than my old flexplate.
I have two choices here. Try to find a different flexplate and replace it again or find a starter with a deeper cone.
Does anyone know another year Jeep that has a deeper coned starter that will fit mine????

Thanks

Redrider94 03-10-2012 08:49 AM

Did you install it backwards ?

Master4th 03-10-2012 08:50 AM

Did your starter have any shims on it when you reinstalled it?

SimpsonWrangler 03-10-2012 09:08 AM

No, installed exactly as the old one came out. And as for shims, there weren't any. If I shimmed, it would be even further away from the ring gear... :(

SimpsonWrangler 03-10-2012 09:26 AM

Also, all the holes are staggered. Won't go on any other way. I have a feeling I got a bum flexplate where the ring gear was welded on wrong...

Master4th 03-10-2012 10:48 AM

I noticed when I was looking up the part on
CRANKSHAFT AND PISTON 4.2L ENGINE. Fits: 1988 JEEP WRANGLER 4.2L I6 2BBL GAS - STD COMP, 5-Spd. Automatic,W5A580 | FACTORY CHRYSLER PARTS=

That there where 2 different flex plates listed. One for 1981 - 83, 1987, and the other for 1988.

Im wondering if some of the 88's might have gotten the old 87 flexplate. Which apparently was bigger.

What transmission do you have?


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