I have a78 chev with a 350.
Lately I have been getting a grinding noise when I try to start the truck. It doesn't grind everytime but alot of the time. Could it be the batterys dieing on me? I have put the battery on the charger and it still has not helped. Last year I put a shim in where the starter bolts up because I was getting a grinding noise. Could it be possible that I need to shim it again? Why would it go this long and then need another shim?
Thanks for the help. I really don't want to drop the starter and shim it if I don't have to.
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I had this problem on my truck, and on a truck at my work. Some people have told me that this was caused by a bad soliniod on the starter, but you might as well just replace the whole thing, unless you already tried that. Then it is beyond me.
Drop the inspection cover and have someone crank it or use remote stater. Look to see where bendix is hitting fly wheel. Make sure its coming out all the way. look for any missingteeth in fly wheel as well. check the transmission to block bolts too. They loosen up and crack the fly wheel alot. If the starter is bad it is only $29 bucks. No big deal. Make sure you have the small brace behind the starter to support the rear of housing. This will keep it in line with flywheel and relive stress from nose of starter. Good luck.
Matt-I agree with Frank on what he said because I have had that problem a few times. If it was a weak battery it would just click because it wasn't getting enough juice. I think though its just the starter...nothing else. You should have mentioned this to me before and I could have brought you a starter to today (I have 4 of them here). How is the hood anyway??? never did catch up to you after the pull about gas money[img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img]