Birdie Golden: Thanks for the video, but I was hoping you would actually show how to use
the shims. I've got some universal shims, but I have no idea how they're
supposed to work or where they go on the starter. Any thoughts?
80s90sfan: Thanks, I got it and my starter works and sounds...well, like it should!
dave ddavison: Ok soo the shims go between the starter and tthe mounting points on the
block. The shim is to but distance between the teeth on starter gear and
the flywheel/faceplate like a spacer. To put them on. Is easy... if you
adding to stsrt thats already on, remove the bolt on passanger side and
loosen the other till you can slide the shim in. Line up holes and tighten
B Ann: What ?
Shim 1 side ?
You do realize the starter you're using does not have bolt holes straight
across from each other ?
& Shimming 1 side will cause the starter to sit crooked which will cause
premature wear because the starter drive teeth will not ride or mesh
properly with the ring teeth .
BTW just from the sound you need to put a thin shim on that starter .
alolipa: Hey Eric can you tell me if a 99 montero sport should have shim on the
starer mine makes a griding noise
Lotusrk123: Leave it to GM to fix what wasn't broken! When the starter bolts to the
bell housing (like most other manufacturers do) then the distance is always
correct and shims are never needed.. I can think of no advantage to this
Rube Goldberg setup other than facilitating starting the engine on a
Chris Stephens: Ok, but the video doesnt actually explain how to shim them. It tells when
shims should be used...but not how to install them...
Tig ger: Probably should loose the Wilson hat when promoting BBB reman
Dylan B: Good video the starters are a pain to work with though
fred smith: this guy is one articulate friggin mechanic!!!! awesome!!!
akshairtube: Eric-you have great articles that are very helpful and informative.
in this article I would have liked to see a situation where you shimmed a
starter rather than show one that did not need it.
Thanks and keep up the great work
a k shair
Organicle Man: How the hell do you install the shims?????????????
Thats why i watched the video! Where the hell do they go? The video is
clearly titled "how to shim a starter" but you did not shim the starter nor
show us how! What the hell?
Albert: Thx freaking Alots !!!!!! Eric The Car Guy !!!!!! You safe my life !!!!
Cameron Pigott: Hey I just installed a starter on my 454 bbc and I started the car it
worked perfect a few hours later I went to start it and it made a horrible
grinding sound and wouldn't turn the engine over. I don't have any shim
installed. Should I install shim and try it again?
whitebread8381: eric my sister wants to know if your available shes looking for somebody
chrisnjenny100407: @thevoidmaker inbox me plz for some reason i cant go to your channel. i
found a webpage that might interest you
Thomas Scott: Eric, I really enjoy your videos. Keep up the good work!! I use them in my
shop class in Auto Mechanics!!!
versaceboixxx: how come you dont rent or buy a hoist?
Reaperofwind: @TiMthisIS Mechanics don't get paid by the hour they get paid by the job, =
book time. enables u to get over 50hours work in and only work 35hours real
time. Its a true sing of skill for the mechanic.
ZIPPER978: Do you ever do any performance installs in your shop. Such as power adders
or performance exhaust installs
stilldoonit: @TiMthisIS the book tells you how long on average the job should take, and
thats what you bill. its like if you took your car in for a starter, and a
poor mechanic took twice as long to replace it as it should have taken,
then you would be happy paying twice as much? good experianced mechanics
are faster, and get it done quicker, so does that mean they should be payed
less for the same job? thats why the book is used.
929rrdan: Hey Eric I know u can convert foot lbs to inch lbs on a tork wrench and I
have done it is it a good idea to do this please help I want to adjust the
bands on my durango but it says to use an inch lbs tork wrench but all I
got is a foot lbs tork
MeInTheCornfield: "A stitch in time saves nine..." Oh man, I replaced the starter on my '99
Grand Marquis not even KNOWING about this kinda issue... WHAT A BEAR that
sucker was... I trust its gonna be fine until, ... well, until we lose the
car or... well, I don't wanna THINK about doing that job again...
outside... in the rain... on gravel...
jboydmv90: You kno I always wondered why tan allen wrench came with GM starters until
today! great video eric!
pdgeman: I've never had to shim a chevy starter, I have however had to shim a
Xcite Music Entertainment, Inc - DJ service: Hi Eric, I have a problem. My starter just clicks but does not engage the
flywheel/flexplate. It was replaced two years ago. I was able to spin the
crank with a wrench and I know the engine is good. My car is 96 Toyota
Camry. I wish you could give me an idea on what to do to get the car
firing. I also checked the voltage at the ignition coil, it checks out at
12V. I smell gas on the spark plugs and don't think it is the fuel pump.
checked the batter, checked out fine. enjoy watching your videos!
funact: bill bill bill bill...bill nye, i mean e r ic the car guy!!
ballershanelle: As a kid growing up on a farm with old parents plus only American made
trucks, shimming was the first thing my dad bitched about. Add, old skool
mechanic to that and it explains why, some youngins may not know. Shim
pieces come with some starters. Besides that, starters can be purchased bad
off the shelf.
cornwallmaxgxl: i have a 2001 buick century and under the hood is clean as a
whistle.everything tight and seems to be correct.had the fuel lines and
pump redone last year and the car uses a remote car starter and seems to
always keep starting after the car started and made that awful sound we
hear when we keep turning the key.the wife used it in the winter.i am
thinking this may be why my starter is done but would likea little advice
before i buy one for 179.00. thank you again to any help my way
deathoviacomm: Hey Eric, is there a core charge on the starter?
mrg00ddude: i want more vids.................please!
MudRFunR: Great video. Just like to add that you must use special starter bolts.
Ordinary bolts will allow the starter to shift enough to make the starter
grind and eventually wear out the flywheel teeth.
Jackson Fever: Don't know if this issue was ever resolved but in case someone else has the
same problem, some of the teeth on the flexplate might be damaged. So
sometimes it will grind and sometimes it will start normally. Easy to check
if you just pull the starter and spin the engine to check all the teeth.
chrisnjenny100407: @chrisnjenny100407 and it makes sinse since your timing is way off due to
the crank sensor being bad
john doe: EPICthecarguy......heheheheeh
TiMthisIS: I screwed this up twice on an old Buick Skylark that I was trying to fix
since I was broke. I'm lucky NAPA replaced it twice. I finally took it to a
mechanic after I broke 2 starters.
13FravelJ: Hey Eric, What does it mean if you go to start your car and you turn the
key and all you here is a ticking noise, and the battery was just replaced?
Filmaker25: Do you have to do this everytime you replace a sarter?
pd101: thanks but i actually found the problem, i needed new battery cables... its
kinda odd how it only turned on when i put it in 2nd gear and push it
Smigjo: What a PAIN IN THE ASS. I hope I never run into this lol.
thepowderblue212: I love my Honda.
Gearheadtom: so now I know, I'll have to use paint if I ever have to shim the starter on
my truck. I've got a '97 chev half-ton with the 305 (5.0L), which is a very
similar motor to the 350 (5.7L) in the video.
mailman1951: please show where the shims go ?
SVPrelude: My starter on my 85 chevy grinds some times- not allowing me to start. What
does that mean?
Chris Gorton: i'll burn one with you Eric!! lol
Andrzej Gara: I had the same problem in my 96 nissan patrol, try to clean up your starter
relay inside or buy new one, mayby this is the reason.
JohnSRosamond: I usually start with re-installing the shims that were there and hope for
the best. Thankfully I have not had to re-do one. I hadn't thought of
painting the teeth though. Gear paint sounds like a great idea.
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AthenasConquest: Why do G M products need starter shims more often than normal car or Ford