Starter Replacement?

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JAACK
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  • 1993 CHEVROLET S-10
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 159,000 MILES
Went into a business came back out and truck would not start. It just whines. The starter was replaced and it does the same. Shims were removed until there are no shims and it still whines. Flywheel looks fine.
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Thursday, January 10th, 2008 AT 9:11 PM

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Tiny
PEAR69
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These s-10s' have two different types of starters. It sounds like the starter you have in the truck has either the wrong size teeth or the wrong tooth pattern. Also I would get an AC Delco unit Be careful if you change out this starter--remember to put the shims back in and go from there. This guide can help you fix it with instruction below to help you with your truck.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-a-starter-motor

Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know what happens.
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Thursday, January 10th, 2008 AT 10:38 PM
Tiny
PBGRANT
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  • 1992 CHEVROLET S-10
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
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  • 10,800 MILES
Can you provide tips/procedure for removing starter unit. (4.3 L engine) I have removed 2 wires from solenoid and 2 large bolts securing starter, but there does not seem to be enough space to extract the unit (from below).

Any additional procedures or tips? Do I have to jack engine up and/or remove motor mounts?

THank you.
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 AT 5:44 PM (Merged)
Tiny
SWILLIAMS
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I have taken them out by rotating the starter to a vertical position, then thread it down through the opening behind the exhaust system. The other option is to remove the motor mount bolt and jack the engine up a bit to get more room. The second way is easier.
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 AT 5:44 PM (Merged)
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STARTER
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  • 1992 CHEVROLET S-10
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 94,000 MILES
How do I replace starter?
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 AT 5:45 PM (Merged)
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MERLIN2021
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ALL EXCEPT "T" & "U" SERIES 1. Disconnect negative battery cable. Raise and support vehicle. Remove starter braces and shields (if equipped). Disconnect electrical wiring from starter solenoid. 2. Remove starter mounting bolts. Remove shims and note arrangement for reassembly. Remove starter. To install, reverse removal procedure. Ensure shims are installed in original location. Tighten bolts or nuts to specifications. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS table. NOTE: If shims are installed between starter and engine, note and record the arrangement for installation reference. Page 1 of 1 STARTER REMOVAL & INSTALLATION -1992 Chevrolet S10 Pickup 9/1/2008
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 AT 5:45 PM (Merged)
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ENCHILADEEDA
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  • 1990 CHEVROLET S-10
  • 3.5L
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
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We have tried everything! Removed clutch, jacking engine up, and there is NO way to get that starter out! No clearance to make room. At wits end! This is a 1990 4x4 S-10 Blazer. Please, any suggestions that aren't obvious. Have have several good shade tree mechanics look at it and no suggestions. HELLPPPP>>>>
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 AT 5:45 PM (Merged)
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ENCHILADEEDA
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This is a 4.3 L engine. So frustrated I got confused.
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 AT 5:45 PM (Merged)
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WRENCHTECH
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STARTER MOTOR REPLACEMENT

Remove or Disconnect

Place the vehicle on a hoist.

Negative battery cable.

Starter Motor Mounting On The 2.5L Engine

Brush end mounting bracket on the 2.5L engine starter motor.
Solenoid wiring. On the 4.3L, raise the vehicle halfway on the hoist, and reach through the right wheel well.

Raise the vehicle.

4 Wheel Drive Vehicles:

Four bolts on the skid plate (if equipped).
Skid plate (if equipped).

Bolts and the two brackets holding the brake line to the crossmember.

Crossmember (three bolts on each side).
Bracket holding the transmission fluid cooler lines to the flywheel housing, brace rod to the flywheel housing and/or the lower flywheel housing if necessary.

All Models:

Two bolts holding the starter to the engine.
Starter and the shim (if present).
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 AT 5:45 PM (Merged)
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ENCHILADEEDA
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My son came out, and after much frustration, got the motor mount loose and the engine jacked up enough to get the starter out. There just isn't any room to work on the Blazers. I am going back to Ford next time I buy a vehicle. I never saw anything so hard to work on as that Blazer s10.
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 AT 5:45 PM (Merged)
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ENCHILADEEDA
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Thank you, but we finally got it out and replaced yesterday.
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 AT 5:45 PM (Merged)
Tiny
WRENCHTECH
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Don't worry, they all have their tough issues.
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 AT 5:45 PM (Merged)
Tiny
77SCOUT
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  • 1985 CHEVROLET S-10
Engine Mechanical problem
1985 Chevy S-10 6 cyl Four Wheel Drive Manual alot miles

How do you change the starter on a 1985 chevy s-10 4Wd? It does'nt look like their is room to get the starter out.
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 AT 5:46 PM (Merged)
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BLUELIGHTNIN6
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When necessary for access from underneath the truck, raise and support the vehicle safely using jackstands.

Disconnect the negative battery cable.

On some vehicles access to the wiring may be easier from above. Before raising and supporting the vehicle, check to see if the solenoid wiring is accessible. If so, tag and disconnect it at this time.

On 2.5L engines, remove the brush end mounting bracket from the starter motor.
Tag and disconnect the solenoid wiring.

If the wiring is difficult to access with the starter installed, remove the bolts and partially lower the starter for access to the wiring. If this is done, be careful not to stretch or damage the wiring.

If not done already, raise and support the front of the truck safely using jackstands.
If equipped, loosen the retaining bolts and remove the skid plate.
Remove the retainers and the brackets holding the brake line to the crossmember located just behind the oil pan. Reposition the brake line slightly in order to clear the crossmember.
Remove the crossmember retaining bolts, there are usually 3 on each side, then carefully lower the crossmember and remove it from the vehicle for access.
As applicable and necessary, remove the bracket holding the transmission fluid cooler lines to the flywheel housing, brace rod to the flywheel housing and/or the lower flywheel housing.
Remove the starter-to-engine block bolts. When removing the last bolt, be sure to support the starter to keep it from falling and possibly injuring you.

On some vehicles, even with the crossmember removed clearance for starter removal is tight. As the starter is lowered, it may be necessary to rotate it upside down in order for the end to clear the motor mount, then lower the nose behind the bell housing and rotate it back so the solenoid is on top and the starter may be removed.

Carefully lower the starter and shims (if equipped) from the vehicle.

To install:

Position the starter in the vehicle (along with any shims which were removed) and support while threading the starter mounting bolts. Tighten the starter mounting bolts to 30-33 ft. Lbs. (40-45 Nm).
If removed, install the lower flywheel housing.
If equipped, install the transmission cooler line bracket and/or the brace rod to the housing.
Install the crossmember to the frame and secure using the retaining bolts.
Carefully reposition the brake line and secure to the crossmember using the retaining brackets.
If equipped, install and secure the skid plate.
Remove the jackstands and carefully lower the truck.
For the 2.5L engine, install the brush end mounting bracket.
Connect the solenoid wiring as noted during removal.
Connect the negative battery cable.
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 AT 5:46 PM (Merged)
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HONDARIDER61
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  • 1985 CHEVROLET S-10
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I have an 1985 s10 4x4 and I just replaced the starter but when I go to to the motor over there is no power being send to the inside of the cab. What should I look for? Thanks
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 AT 5:46 PM (Merged)
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JDL
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That purple wire at the starter solenoid, should be hot with key in the crank position. If it isn't, backtrack the circuit. The voltage comes from the ignition switch through the clutch to the starter.
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 AT 5:46 PM (Merged)
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BIGDADDY_1
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  • 1982 CHEVROLET S-10
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
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  • 102,000 MILES
I have both starter bolts out, all wires disconnected, and cannot remove starter, not enough room. How do you get this starter out?
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 AT 5:46 PM (Merged)
Tiny
BLUELIGHTNIN6
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Below is the replacement procedures for the rear wheel drive truck. If your vehicle is equipped with four wheel drive just let me know.

REMOVAL:
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
When necessary for access from underneath the truck, raise and support the vehicle safely using jackstands.
On 2.5L engines, remove the brush end mounting bracket from the starter motor.
Tag and disconnect the solenoid wiring. If the wiring is difficult to access with the starter installed, remove the bolts and partially lower the starter for access to the wiring. If this is done, be careful not to stretch or damage the wiring.
Remove 1 of the starter mounting bolts, then support the starter and remove the other bolt.
Lower and remove the starter from the vehicle. Be careful, as the starter is heavier than it appears.
Note the position of any shims, if used, for installation purposes.

INSTALLATION:
Position the starter in the vehicle (along with any shims which were removed) and support while threading the starter mounting bolts.
Tighten the starter mounting bolts to 30-33 ft. Lbs. (40-45 Nm).
Engage the starter solenoid wiring as noted during removal.
On 2.5L engines, install the brush end mounting bracket.
Connect the negative battery cable.

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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 AT 5:46 PM (Merged)
Tiny
REDNECKERIC511
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You might have to move the trans coolant line a little bit but dont take them out if you dont have to either that or remove the flywheel cover
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 AT 5:46 PM (Merged)
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GEOSDAD
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  • CHEVROLET S-10
I have a 87 s10 v6 2.8L 4WD auto trans. I have unbolted the starter to replace it but cant get it out. What do I have to take off to give me enough room
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Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 AT 5:46 PM (Merged)
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BOOTDOG
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Look for a bracket on the other end. Also disconnect the battery and then the electrical cables going to the starter
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