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I have been told that I can't use starter shims on 3800 FWD…

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I have been told...

I have been told that I can't use starter shims on 3800 FWD vehicles. Is this correct?

Mechanic's Assistant: When you turn the key, do you get a single loud click, or a series of rapid ones?

Can I use starter shims on Pontiac 3800 engines with front wheel drive?

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model/year of your Pontiac?

1999 Grand Prix

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Grand Prix yourself? What have you tried so far?

I am a mopar mechanic trying to help a customer with his Pontiac. He was told by another shop that he cannot shim front wheel drive

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

This mechanic replaced the starter and it drags after start.

Submitted: 5 months ago.Category: Pontiac
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You can shim a starter if it is needed however it is not required. So if shims are needed to get the starter to correctly engage and disengage then there is another issue that the shim addition is hiding.

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Hello Chris here again,

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