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Help: Starter is tight but wiggles with spacers(starter can't connect)

 
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:34 AM
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Help: Starter is tight but wiggles with spacers(starter can't connect)

Ok so the starter is two months old. Went out this morning and the starter turn the
Motor for 2 seconds and then loses connection and spins or disengages and spins if that's the correct wording. I got under there and the starter bolts are all tight but you can wiggle the starter up and done about a 1/8th of a inch and the spacer bracket is what its allowing to let its love because the spacer is wiggling with it. How is that spacer held on are there bolts that could be lose on that? What do you guys think?
 
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:54 AM
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Is the spacer you are talking about the bell housing spacer between the block and trans if so it is bolted through the trans and into the motor. If it moves I would look for a break or crack in it around the starter bolts.
 
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:07 AM
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Yes I guess it's that.
 
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:29 AM
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I just replaced my starter 2 months ago and dont remember. But dont the bolts go all the way through to the trans bellhousing check the length of the bolts and see if they do go into the trans.
 
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They are short from what I remember
 
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:23 AM
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If they only bolt in to the spacer. Check for bolts through the trans to hold the spacer tight. And check the rest of the bell housing bolts for thightness. If they are all good then back to cracks in the spacer.
 
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Is this common?
 
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Old 01-24-2013, 03:34 PM
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I've never heard of it before have you had a chance to check it.
 
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If you hear the starter motor spinning but it does not turn the engine over it sounds like the starter drive is bad. It is a one way geared assembly that rotates out into the starter nose to engage the flywheel/flexplate.
 
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I had to replace the starter plate on my truck. Both bolt holes were stripped. I helicoiled them for a while, but just replaced the plate when I put in the BTS. Make sure your bolt holes are not stripped.
 
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Originally Posted by Yougotthehit View Post
Ok so the starter is two months old. Went out this morning and the starter turn the
Motor for 2 seconds and then loses connection and spins or disengages and spins if that's the correct wording.
Originally Posted by truckeemtnfords View Post
It is a one way geared assembly that rotates out into the starter nose to engage the flywheel/flexplate.
The starter on my old F250 was slowly doing this over time. It finally did it more times than not so I instructed my son-in-law (daughter owns my old truck now) on how to replace the starter.

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Originally Posted by Yougotthehit View Post
Ok so the starter is two months old. Went out this morning and the starter turn the
Motor for 2 seconds and then loses connection and spins or disengages and spins if that's the correct wording. I got under there and the starter bolts are all tight but you can wiggle the starter up and done about a 1/8th of a inch and the spacer bracket is what its allowing to let its love because the spacer is wiggling with it. How is that spacer held on are there bolts that could be lose on that? What do you guys think?

The starter gear teeth in the starter is 'thrown out' into the fly wheel when starting. For some reason the starter is spinning but the gear teeth on the starter are stuck and not being launched out. Take the starter back to where you got it and point this out. when they do a starter test it will be very evident as to what is wrong with the starter.
 
 
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