2010 Town and Country. I am in the middle of replacing the starter and I lost the shim that was originally on there and the new starter didn't come with one. Can't find a replacement. How bad would it be if I put it in without it?


Asked by Jun 01, 2014 at 02:02 PM about the 2010 Chrysler Town & Country Touring

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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The shims are used to properly align the teeth of the starter to the flywheel. Have you tried your local auto parts store for shims? You can try without it and it might work ok but if doesn't it will wear the teeth out quick, not fully engage or get hung. Are you sure it had a shim to start with?

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Yes, the factory original had a very thin shim that blew out of the back of my truck when going to return the core. The new starter didn't have one so I was going to put it in without it. I just don't want to damage the flywheel or ever replace this starter again. Getting the bad one out was a nightmare. I'm not a mechanic and was tools suck. So, it might be okay?


I can't find someone who carries anything but universals at different thicknesses. I don't know the thickness but it seemed real thin. And I meant to write my tools suck


Lol. Mine do too some times when they slip and I take the hide off of my knuckles. You could try it. But I'm not going to say that it will work ok. I might would retrace my steps back to store first tho. Might just get lucky and see it laying somewhere.

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20 miles of highway, I'm not that lucky. I'll let you know what happens.


Lol. Well it was just a thought. Got my fingers crossed for you.

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SUCCESS! I would rather rebuild an engine than change a starter on a minivan again. Starting fine and no grinding or pinion lag.


That's great glad you got it back together.

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Thanks for the help.

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