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Radar

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200
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Oconomowoc, WI
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1989 Medium Blue Metalic Convertible
Out of the blue, the starter on my 89 vert makes this awful noise !!

:eek

It sounds like the noise a starter makes if you try to start an engine that is already running. But......my engine is off! There is a terrible and LOUD clashing noise. If I stop and try again, presto.....starts fine with a normal starter sound. May only happen once in a hundred starts.

Doesn't the starter solenoid have to pull the bendix into the flywheel ring gear before the end switch energizes the starter motor? So why does the noise sound like the starter motor is energized and turning before the bendix engages. Any ideas on what causes the noise? :confused

I will replace the starter but I want to understand whats wrong so I don't change it for nothing and find it is something else.

Your advise is appreciated!
Radar
 

spyysee

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Jun 15, 2002
Messages
124
Location
NY LI Metro
Corvette
1987 black beauty, all ez mods, owned '62,'78
replace the starter. It wil only get worse.
the solonoid is sticking and when it does energize the motor is already spnning.

p.s. It's a b@#ch. I read on a similar post about an after-market hi torque that is smaller and therefore easier to install.
Whish I knew that before I did mine.
Good Luck

http://corvetteactioncenter.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=12912
 

vms4evr

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466
Location
Durham, NC
Corvette
2002 Flat Black Z06
You got it to start and it stopped grinding. You're lucky. When my started solenoid kicked the bendix gear in it never let go. Car made a god awful racket. But to make matters worse when I turned the key to off the darn thing wouldn't stop cranking. I was lucky enough to be in my garage at the time. Should have seen how fast I made it to the tool box and back to the car with a wrench and got that negative cable off the battery....

Starter hosed. But I got a new GM, not rebuilt for about $225. So I went with the GM. The old one's bendix was worn down pretty good but because it is softer metal than the flywheel there was no harm done. Install new starter and good to go again.

I wouldn't wait too long if I were you. And stay away from Pep Boys, Autozone, etc.. You may get it cheaper but you'll have the privilege of replacing it more often. Mine was the original, so it lasted 9yrs... Not bad.
 

BigRed

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May 23, 2001
Messages
948
Location
Edmonton
Corvette
1985 Bright Red Rocket
HA I KNEW I wasnt alone out there! Mines doing the EXACT same thing...Its the starter replace it your smokin!
 

Radar

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Joined
Oct 23, 2001
Messages
200
Location
Oconomowoc, WI
Corvette
1989 Medium Blue Metalic Convertible
Thanks for all of the feedback. I will pull that starter and replace it very soon. I like the suggestion to get a new GM part.

Thanks,
Radar.
 

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