How do I fix My starter

Asked by Mar 23, 2015 at 09:21 PM about the 2005 Chevrolet Express Cargo 3 Dr G3500 Cargo Van

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

the starter on my 2005 express cutaway box truck wouldn't in gauge so i replaced it The new starter just goes Clunk when you turn the key (and its not a click it is a Clunk) and wont spin the motor This is a cutaway with a 16' box  with only 58,000. miles

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You may have to shim the starter to get the proper starter drive to flywheel ring gear clearance of .020" as measured with a round feeler gauge. HTH. -Jim

The starter didn't come with shims or have any on the original starter

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That's not unusual. The rebuilt starter that you purchased was most likely on a different GM vehicle originally. If the D GM part number is still visible you can research it to see what it originally was on. Because of this shims may be needed to make it work correctly. When I replaced the starter on my '70 Pontiac I had to shim it. The old starter didn't have shims. I researched the GM part number stamped on the new (rebuilt) starter and found it was originally for a '68 Oldsmobile. You should also inspect the flywheel for missing or chipped teeth. That will also cause the starter to not engage. Lastly, if you still have the old starter compare the nose to the new starter. It should be the same length and the drive gear should have the same number of teeth. HTH. -Jim

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