Sorry for leaving you guys on the hang. I hadn't had any time to log on, so here I am!
Ok, now to start answering Q's!
Rat on a Stick:
"describe your starting sytem components in more detail.
what kind of starter? standard? high torque? cheap parts store replacement?"
Starter is a Pep Boy's starter with a "lifetime" (which they're now trying to say is only a 3 year warrenty, but I've been exchanging it for the past 5 years!), warrenty.
"what size battery cable?"
I have no idea what size the battery cables are. I just went to Pep Boys and grabbed them from the rack.
"what are the cold cranking amps on the battery?"
Battery is an Optima Red Top battery, I just don't remember what the cca are.
"did you shim the starter?"
Yes! I've done just about EVERY combination of shimming there is. I've tried no shims, just the smallest size shim, the middle shim, the thickest shim, the smallest and the middle sized shim, the smallest and the biggest size shim, the middle and the biggest size shim, I've tried straight shims, angled shims, shims that are "measured" in decimals, shims that are "measured" in milimeters, and just recently (the past couple months to a year), I've been angle shimming the starter with the shim on the outside bolt to help get the gear closer to the flexplate. I've also tried just about all the different sized shims while angle shimming the starter! The only thing I haven't done is angle shimming the starter using the bolt closest to the block. The only reason I haven't done that is because I believe that the farther the starter gear is from the flexplate teeth, the quicker it'll chip the teeth on the flexplate and eventually burn out the starter. I know that having it too close to the flexplate can cause similar results, but being that my flexplate needs to be replaced, I felt that getting the starter teeth closer to the flexplate teeth was the better thing to do.
I believe someone mention/asked why I need to replace the flexplate. The reason I need to replace it is because the teeth are BADLY chewed up. I'm not kidding, the teeth are almost HALF the size they're suppose to be!
Yeah, I know I know, I shouldn't have let it get that bad. I just haven't had the time or money to save up to fix it before it got worse. I'm hoping that I'll be able to get a new flexplate this week and at least slap it on this coming Thurs., and hopefully have the car back up and running by Friday. I'll probably just get another Pep Boy's starter, I know, but it's free
I got a check in the mail from my credit union for $1K. I didn't want to cash it because I don't need to get into more debt. Unfortunatly, I was in a minor fender bender this past Saturday, and I rear ended a little Toyota pick up truck. The man wants $450 which he says will cover the damage. The damage wasn't too bad to his truck compared to my poor 'Velle
I ended up tweaking his rear bumper and scratched some paint off his tail gate. I know $450 sounds like a lot, but I'm thinking, that $450 is pretty much pocket change compared to how much more I'll be paying in the long run with my insurance. So anyway, getting back to that check I got. I'm gonna have to cash it now so I can pay the guy off, and I was thinking, well, if I'm gonna have the money, then maybe I'll try to get a mini starter. The only thing is, I don't want to fork the money out for the starter, just to have the same problems I'm having now.
So what else do you guys think my problem is? I know Rich mentioned about the Bendix thingamajig. The only thing about that is, the starter I have on the car right now is the 3rd start in just about 3 weeks, so I know it can't be that. What else???