Join Date: May 2006
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Starter Problems (major bang/grind): 99 5sp
Ok. I am a major lurker to this site and I am seriously stuck. I have read every thread that has "starter" in it to no avail.
I just installed a Duralast lifetime war. premium remanufactured starter in my 2.2. The flywheel looks pretty good the whole way around. The old starter was not shimmed. I installed the new one w/o shims.
"BANG!!/GRIND!!/SMASH" (imagine a metallic cat being sucked through a nuclear-powered pepper grinder).
The truck starts, but only after this satanic cacophony. I have tried shimming the inboard and outboard sides independently and jointly. I went as far as 1/16". Nothing helped!
It is currently sitting w/o shims. It starts with some difficulty and after the aforementioned sound. Working on it is a PITA because 1)its almost impossible to get to 2)I'm not allowed to work on it at the apt. complex. So I have to drive it somewhere and let it sit for long enough to cool down.
Is this just a bad starter? I didn't use the gauge method to check the fit because I have no idea how you are supposed to:
a) install the damn thing
b) pull out the solenoid with your free hand
c) insert the paperclip with your other, other free hand
d) use your fiber optic endoscope to then see from INSIDE the tranny at the gauge (holding the scope with your 4th hand)
e) then remove your 10lbs of shit from the 1lb space Chevy provided.
I do not want to have to pull this starter 9 more times.
...on good news, the new alternator is in, my optima yellow top is working great and the big-three upgrade now has my stereo at 40 (when is used to distort at 30).
1999 S-10 Ext.Cab | 167k Miles | 2.2L | 5 spd | 4.10s