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Unread 05-10-2013, 10:52 AM   #1
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CJ Starter Problems

I have an 83 CJ with a 258 for about 2 years. In that time I have put in 4 starters. What happens is I put in a new one, and it works fine for about 10 starts, then I start hearing a bad noise everytime I start. At first it sounds like the starter is struggling to turn the flywheel then a big BANG, then struggling to turn the flywheel then BANG again. It will start like this far about 2-3 times then I just hear the starter turning freely without engaging the flywheel. I've had a couple of people look at the flywheel teeth and all say they look fine. I would definitely appreciate any ideas you guys might have...thanks in advance.

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Unread 05-10-2013, 11:06 AM   #2
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How's the alignment of the starter and the fly wheel? Are the teeth positioned properly as I know some need spacers installed to get the correct alignment.
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Unread 05-10-2013, 11:09 AM   #3
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ditto ^^^

had a similar problem on my boat, it bolted up fine and looked straight but when engaged the starter was binding from being at an angle.
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Unread 05-10-2013, 11:10 AM   #4
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I had seen this issue before. Found the thread for you. This should help a lot!

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/86...grind-1513007/
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Unread 05-10-2013, 04:04 PM   #5
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Please keep us posted on this issue.....
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Unread 05-15-2013, 06:19 PM   #6
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Thank you guys!!! I'll keep you updated. Have a guy working on it now and I'll pass this along. Much appreciated!!
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Unread 05-16-2013, 08:44 AM   #7
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Thank you guys!!! I'll keep you updated. Have a guy working on it now and I'll pass this along. Much appreciated!!
That guy working on it better be you as working on a starter is easy. I changed out my starter in 10 minutes and that was with downing a beer.
Just messing with you......
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That guys arms must be sore from working on the starter all this time..... Spill the beans with the status......
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Unread 05-18-2013, 02:33 PM   #9
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I had this issue and my mechanic friend ended up fabbing some shims and shimming the starter. It worked. I am currently having my motor changed out and am changing bell housings while the motor/trans is out. Hopefully this will fix my issue.

This starter issue is the biggest PIA I have dealt with. Its also very common. If someone has posted, or does post a definitive repair thread on this issue I vote for having it stickied or having it added to the CJ Stickies thread.
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Unread 05-19-2013, 05:50 AM   #10
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I had this issue and my mechanic friend ended up fabbing some shims and shimming the starter. It worked. I am currently having my motor changed out and am changing bell housings while the motor/trans is out. Hopefully this will fix my issue.

This starter issue is the biggest PIA I have dealt with. Its also very common. If someone has posted, or does post a definitive repair thread on this issue I vote for having it stickied or having it added to the CJ Stickies thread.
All the starter noise for Grammys 86 CJ was I didn't have the dowels pressed into the block. They are what locates the starter.

You don't shim a ford starter. If shimming it fixes it the dowels are most likely not in the block in the lower two corners.

PS. That is what fixed Matt's starter noise.
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