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on my knees, starter troubles

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by AussieK5, Aug 30, 2001.

  1. AussieK5

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    This will be staight forward stuff for somone, I've got a starter/ign prob (would tear the whole thing apart, but had a shoulder reconstruction on Tue). When I try to crank all I get is a sound like the solenoid is engaging/disengaging real fast, this happened last week and I replaced it with a spare new one. It happened again the next day but cranked on the 2nd or 3rd go, since then no probs, now all I get is this clicking sound. Its a 73 350, all the connections are tight and clean, (did it last week), as far as I can tell there is no relay in my system either. Any thoughts-Thanks in advance.
     
  2. thatK30guy

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    Whatever you decide to do, as far as buying another starter, get a new one or a lifetime warranty starter.

    I had some trouble on my '85 K30, which I've had for 5 years now. In those 5 years, I have replaced 5 starters. [​IMG]

    My problem was shimming the damn thing. And the fact I was buying the 'el cheapo' starters. Even one new one I got lasted me one day!!! [​IMG]

    I finally got fed up and bought a lifetime starter and it's still in the truck today. No more grinding or shims. No complaints either.

    So, get a brand new one or a lifetime starter and you should have no troubles for a while. [​IMG]

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    Sounds like either a bad battery or cables, probably the cables. Try running a jumper cable from the battery to the solenoid and see what happens. Also try running another from the negative post of the battery to the frame.

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    If you know your battery and starter are good then I'd run down the cables and make sure they are in good shape.

    I've had the same problem all week. I went thru to batterys, tested the starter and tested the alternator to make sure they were good. Since I had the alt and starter out I yanked out the cables and found that my cable to starter from the battery (and a couple of other wires) was burning on my exhast manifold and grounding out causing one hell of a headache.

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  5. AussieK5

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    When I read your post I thought yeah yeah its all good, then I thought, no no go and check again. Guess what earth prob. A big thanks for smacking me in the face with the obvious. I found it hard to believe any compnents would be at fault, new batt 700cca, leads as thick as my thumb, starter that cranks as quiet as a mouse w/o shims, so it had to be down to who was doing the spanner work, I didn't crank down the '-' post nut, finger tight only. A little to self sure me thinks.
     
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    Don't feel bad[​IMG]! I replaced my battery a couple of weeks ago, got in the truck, hit the key and nothing. After throwing a fit, and throwing the hood open - some idiot neglected to put the cables on[​IMG]

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  7. hey, on one of my 350 blocks, i couldn't seem to shim it so that it wouldn't bust the nose off the starter, i went through about 4 of 'em, and i think the problem was compounded by a bad flywheel after all that.....

    what's the deal on the cheapies, are the bodies not correctly macined to the proper tolerances or something??

    rgrgegre...... greg
     
  8. dyeager535

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    I don't think thats the case. AFAIK, all the starters you are buying are using GM nose cones, which will set your starter gear/flywheel distance. Gm did make cast iron nose cones, but then your block would probably bust : )

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