: anyone heard of this?

04-24-09, 01:30 AM
crankshaft having to much end play and causing the starter to chip the flywheel??????????? causing it to lose teeth

04-24-09, 01:32 AM
Yeah, its possible but it would take A LOT of endplay and that would also likely screw up your timing set.

04-24-09, 01:40 AM
i have yet to have it checked by a mechanic but the new starter and flywheel are already beat up..my flywheel is missing more teeth than a hobo on crack

04-24-09, 07:07 PM
I have never heard of it unless it is some trait of the old 429. It doesn't sound too logical to me. The torque converter and trans should hold it from moving very far.

04-24-09, 08:15 PM
Could it just be from too many attempts to crank an engine that's already running?

04-24-09, 09:22 PM
...or a starter that isn't shimmed correctly... ;)

04-24-09, 11:04 PM
An old flywheel thats missing teeth would cause the starter to catch on the next tooth, making short work of both. If you look at the starter and the chips are only on the edge of the teeth, it needs shims. But you gotta get that flywheel out of there or you will run through starters

04-26-09, 11:43 PM
doesnt happen on any of these engines. its more of a problem with small engines and even then not usual to wreck the starter because of it. jayoldschool's idea is a better reason.