1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo Monte Carlo starter issue

Tiny
MAINEANDY
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  • 1998 CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO
  • 3.8L
  • V6
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
I have a 98 Chevy Monte Carlo that I thought was a 3.1 l. I installed a starter for that engine. It is 3.8 I believe as the vin has no m in it. My question is will the starter work still for the 3.8?
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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 AT 6:13 AM

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Tiny
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We only recommend direct fit parts and repairs. The engine should say what size it is on it. Have you confirmed that it isn't a 3.1?
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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 AT 6:17 AM
Tiny
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It says 3800 series on engine and the vin does not have a M in it. So yes. I tried to start with fully charged battery, it wouldn't start and smoke started coming from engine compartment. So I didn't know if the starter motor was the culprit. It did fit perfectly no shims or adjustments needed.
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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 AT 6:24 AM
Tiny
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I just compared the part numbers and they are different for the different motors. Where did the smoke come from?
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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 AT 5:34 PM
Tiny
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All I could tell is lower engine. The clutch on my ac pump was squealing before so I had a hunch. So I had the wife try to start it as I watched the motor. Sure enough that pulley is not moving so I think it may have been from the friction of the serpentine belt spinning a bit and it not moving. I will still get the proper starter but I feel the reasons for not totally cranking over is the ac pulley not spinning. I guess confirmation from an expert would be what I'm after now. I think this is why I had to replace the old starter in the first place
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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 AT 5:44 PM
Tiny
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Ac compressor sorry
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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 AT 5:51 PM
Tiny
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Remove the serp belt and see if it starts normally. Also, if you don't want to spend the money on a new compressor (and yes that is where and why the smoke was there) they make bypass pulleys to take the compressor's place.
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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 AT 5:56 PM
Tiny
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Serp off and fired right up no hesitation. Thanks for the help
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Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 AT 6:25 PM
Tiny
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That's what I figured. IF you don't want to replace the compressor because of cost, they do make pulleys that take the place of the compressor. Just a thought.
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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 AT 5:31 PM

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