How To Shim A Starter - EricTheCarGuy




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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?

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 back down

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 .

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 dynomometer.

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...

alolipa: Hey Eric can you tell me if a 99 montero sport should have shim on the starer mine makes a griding noise 

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? 

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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?

Dylan B: Good video the starters are a pain to work with though 

Albert: Thx freaking Alots !!!!!! Eric The Car Guy !!!!!! You safe my life !!!! 

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

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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.

Gregg Hansen: 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 wrench????????????????????????????????????????¿????????????

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 mercury once.

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!

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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.

redline541: u said connect the starter to the negitive i thought it was the positive im not sure dont have one of those one i have and older chevy 69

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 products?

Jeff Banfield: Hey, i just bought a 87 Toyota Supra and when i go to stop it wants to die. only when braking it does, this it starts every time afterwards and idles fine. If you could give me some troubleshooting tips i would really like that. Thanks , Jeff

13FravelJ: @HoonProductions So I should have my alternator tested to see if it is charging the battery?
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