Originally Posted by grossow
My stater wouldn't work but when I removed it there were metal filings in the compartment where the nose goes in. Any idea on what they would come from?
Also, when replacing the starter do I have to replace the starter solonoid or is it a should replace part. I ahve the old style where they are separate
"Metal filings" or pieces of metal? If they are bits/chunks of metal, it could be your damper plate. Years ago the springs in the damper plate on my '87 began to break apart and settled down where the starter engages the flywheel. The damper plate was still working fine, so it took me awhile to figure out what was going on....