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Post  bb429power on April 12th 2013, 12:04 pm

What would be the symptoms of a starter dragging on the flexplate? When my engine was running I could hear a noise (might just be the carb/valve cover breathers), wondering if that might be it. I can't really get a look at the gear while its running. I also every now and then go to start it and it just grinds so I let off then try again and its fine. Do I possibly need to shim it out? Any idea what temp it should be at? I have a temp gun I can use.

Never really had an issue on a ford starter like that. Only time I did was when I was at school with a crappy bellhousing breaking in the teachers engine. The bolt hole was stripped so we used a smaller one just to make it work for break in. So it doesn't really count Laughing Maybe I need a bolt with a bigger shank though. How do you guys with c6's have yours bolted in? Do both bolts go in the same way and what way do they face? I'm hoping to get this figured out today Smile
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Post  lghting94 on April 12th 2013, 5:46 pm

Top bolt should thread into the starter from the back of the vehicle, bottom bolt should thread into the bell housing from the front. Both should be 3/8 course threaded bolts.
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Post  Larry Williams on April 12th 2013, 6:38 pm

check for a loose flywheel been there
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Post  bb429power on April 12th 2013, 6:42 pm

lghting94 wrote:Top bolt should thread into the starter from the back of the vehicle, bottom bolt should thread into the bell housing from the front. Both should be 3/8 course threaded bolts.

That's how mine is, thanks. And I'll check to see if everything is tight
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Post  69F100 on April 12th 2013, 7:49 pm

you didmt forget the spacer plate between the trans and engine did you
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Post  bb429power on April 12th 2013, 9:37 pm

69F100 wrote:you didmt forget the spacer plate between the trans and engine did you
Yes, I have the plate on it.
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Post  69F100 on April 12th 2013, 9:41 pm

just checking which starter do you have do you have the mini or full size
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Post  bb429power on April 12th 2013, 9:43 pm

Full size Bosch
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Post  69F100 on April 13th 2013, 12:01 am

pull it off and check it with a set of jumper cables make sure the bendex is returning all the way when you pull the power off it.Hold on to it good so it don't get away from you when you put the power to it.
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Post  bb429power on April 13th 2013, 12:06 am

Could improper wiring cause it? I know I have the big cable going to it, a smaller wire, and then I have the jumper wire on it. I'll check the wires tomorrow, I'm thinking I may be feeding the hold in winding while the key is on if there is a dragging issue
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Post  69F100 on April 13th 2013, 12:08 am

does the starter have a senoid on it if it don't you just need the battery cable from the seniod on the fender going to it
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Post  bb429power on April 13th 2013, 12:16 am

It does have one
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Post  69F100 on April 13th 2013, 12:19 am

ok go to the chat room
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Post  69F100 on April 13th 2013, 12:30 am

the battery cable goes to the starter it you still using the seniod on the fender well. the battery cable from the battery goes on the top fw seniod on the battery side, the starter cable hooks to the same place as the battery on the top seniod,the small wire from the starter hooks where the starter cable would hook on for a starter without the built on seniod.Is this the way you have it.
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Post  bb429power on April 14th 2013, 12:01 am

Sorry, I went to sleep after I commented haha. Well I did have the wire on the battery side of the solenoid, so I corrected it. But I still hear the noise. I might try a couple more things, maybe is defective and staying out, it has a lifetime warranty I believe.
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Post  bb429power on April 15th 2013, 4:29 pm

Drove it up to the oil change where I used to work, I got under it and looked at the starter. It's not dragging at all. There are a lot of things that could be rattling and making noises.
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