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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-16-2000, 08:28 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 1987 VIN-Z 4.3L engine that I am having serious starter problems with. I am currently having my 6th starter put in. Each time I crack the head of the starter. I don't think that the alignment is the problem. I have had the starter installed by different people with the same results. I did change the wire guage to the starter and am wondering if this could be the problem. Any input would be helpful.
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sounds to me u need to shim the starter out alittel. The wire size would have nothing to do with it. you could run welder lead to the starter and still would have no effect. whats happen is the fly wheel is hitting the teath on the starter when it engages. Shim it out .30 to start with then go from there.

If it has tits or tires it will give you trouble.
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well, what we ended up doing is this: we noticed that the bellhousing is very close.(I have a toyota 4Runner with a 4.3L ), so we milled some of it off b/c the starter was knocking into it and causing it to crack.
I will let you know if it solves the problem

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What side is your front driveshaft on? If the bumpstops are bent or not in the correct spot,it can take one out in a hurry.I had an old blazer we used to race obsticle courses with, and the bumpstop was hammered from jumping it to much.Everytime I caught some good air, it would come down and the driveshaft would smack the starter.I fixed the bumpstop, and the prob. was solved.

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