1999 Ford F-250 2 starters grinding got worse

Tiny
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  • 1999 FORD F-250
  • 5.4L
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 190,000 MILES
Ford truck died. Tested all came to be dead started(tests confirmed) put in New rebuilt starter. Truck started good I thought. Drove truck (going forward only) put in back drive way. Then had to leave put in reverse and grinding started. (Starter oreillys matched to my truck is one with no cone both starters this way) OK so got brand new starter now. Thought rebuilt one was bad. So new one put on. Now bigger problem. It grinds in all gears now. Even park. Was told ford doesn't use shims. At a screaming point. Flywheel good no crack teeth are good still. Battery good. Tested cables good also. If you could give me anymore tips I would appreciate it thank you.
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Saturday, January 17th, 2015 AT 4:59 AM

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Tiny
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Could you be more specific about grinding in all gears? That wouldn't be a starter I dont' think it may be the flex plate is cracked but grinding is usually associated with wheel bearings or ujoints or severe internal damage in trans.
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Saturday, January 17th, 2015 AT 6:21 AM
Tiny
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Hello thank you
I might not have sound right
It's more like clanking. In gears I mean I hold down break and clanking sound comes from starter area. Holding in break I move to each gear and makes clanking sound. I turn it on in park does same thing. Weird though first rebuilt put in only clanked in reverse exchanged for brand new one does it all time now. I was bumping it turning ignition but not letting it turn over sounds like it not catching. Thank you
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Saturday, January 17th, 2015 AT 7:26 AM
Tiny
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Check to see if your torque converter bolts are loose that happens over time quite often to different cars. If the old starter you pulled out was damaged where it engages then there is a problem and a pro should look at it.
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Saturday, January 17th, 2015 AT 7:58 AM
Tiny
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OK thank again so this is the thing now. Tried shims they work. Actually was trying them before u emailed back by then guy tried it worked thing now is it barely does it. Made one clank noise when going from a red light and one time turning drove for 15 min. Do you think something may be loose or more less shim. Got two washers on each bolt to starter he said
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Saturday, January 17th, 2015 AT 9:58 AM
Tiny
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You have the gm style starter then they have regular shims for those at auto parts instead of washers. Measure the thickness then get enough shims to fit. That is only for when you start the car and no other time so if it's clanking when you don't use the starter it's something else and have a pro check it out or see If torque converter bolts are loose.
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Saturday, January 17th, 2015 AT 10:07 AM

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