Join Date: Dec 1999
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Re: Help! Dreaded starter grind has got me down.
the starter on a 304 shouldnt require any shimming, if it isnt disengaging completely it should be replaced. or as yoiu found out it will quickly ruin your flexplate's ringgear.
Ive put a amc 360 together with a tf727 before and got a wierd squeal screeching sound, which I assumed was that metal spacer inbetween the engine tranny, It never caused any prblems and it went away after several miles, but it was very unnerving, I had several tranny shops and they all said it was common from that thin seperator plate? I never understood what in the hell it was supossed to be squealing agains biut since it went away I never searched any further.
get a new starter and flexplate and fix it, get a warrentied starter and if you hear it not disengaging take it back and swap it, and be sure and tell them they need to find another supplier.
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