1972 Deville starter/shims problem

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    PosadaSD619 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    1972 Deville starter/shims problem

    My starter keeps breaking because the shims aren't right. I have no idea what to do. I tried from having none to putting three on. Anyone know what I can do?/ had this problem before?

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    CaddyGas is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    Re: 1972 Deville starter/shims problem

    If your timing is too far advanced that will also break starters. Check your timing. Then maybe loose bolts, wrong bolts. Flywheel the wrong one or damaged.

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    chrisntam is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    Re: 1972 Deville starter/shims problem

    The starter on my '70 has no shims. It also has two bolts that bolt it to the block (by the nose cone) + a bracket on the back of the starter that is about 2" to 3" long that also bolts to the block. I hear (no first hand experience) that if you don't have that rear bracket, over time, your starter will break. Do you have it mounted using three mounting points?

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