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Old 02-07-2013, 04:26 PM   #1
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Starter help!

My engine hasn't been able to start for a couple weeks. It makes a high pitched whirring sound. I think its the starter. So I am going to try and replace it in my 1989 Winnebago Elandan and I can't even find it. It has the chevy 454 in it if that helps anyone. Please and thank you.
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:06 PM   #2
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It's on the passenger side. Back of engine on bottom by transmission.
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PLEASE REMEMBER! Disconnect the battery before you try to remove the starter. Also label where the wires go for reinstallation.

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I replaced the starter on my Ford 351W a month or so ago. 15 minute job. It took me an hour, but it was a 15 minute job.
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I replaced the starter on my Ford 351W a month or so ago. 15 minute job. It took me an hour, but it was a 15 minute job.
Yeh, But it's a hard 15 minute job and you need to take a break now and then.

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Old 02-07-2013, 09:14 PM   #6
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help with starter

helpful place--go to AUTOZONE.COM and signup and their site is helpful in troubleshooting and full of information that will help with your issues for the most part- just add your vehicle in and look around the site. Just know what your Elandan is when putting in your information. Mine is a 454 on C30 frame. Good Luck and we are all here to help you get things running.
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You'd probably want to find a Factory Service Manual, but a lot of "broken" starters can be rebuilt and they're not that difficult to do. Tons of info out there and even a YouTube video or two I'd imagine. Replacing a couple of brushes is a lot less expensive than buying a new starter. Also, you need to confirm that it is, in fact, the starter that's the problem and not a solenoid.
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In days of old when I was bold I kept a spare for the gear on the starter slipped over the gear shift (Floor shifter) and could pull the starter, change the gear and re-install it in about 15 minutes on parked on the side of the road if I had to (or in a parking lot) But then.. I had lots of practice on that car.. Finally replaced the ring gear and after that they lasted longer.
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The whirring sound sounds like the starter is fine but its just not engaging. Odds are its one of two problems.
Bad solenoid... can be bench tested after its out. easy fix replace.
Bad/stuck clutch... might just need cleaning/new starter drive.
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Thanks for the reponses

Thank you for all the responses to my inquiry. I am including a picture of what I think is the starter. Please let me know if I am wrong.
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when you have your starter out inspect your ring gear. seen a lot of chevys with teeth missing..
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That looks like where the starter bolts to. Move the arrow one device to the right, that's the starter.. How you get at the "Back" bolt in that photo, I do not know. The starter will have at the minimum one very heavy wire bolted to it.
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jstnbrwn ...

That's the starter alright. Specifically the starter solenoid.

Remove the starter by taking out the 2 vertical bolts that hold it to the block. One of the holes that the bolts go into is visible just to the left of your photo.

Sometimes getting to the wires supplying the starter while it is still bolted to the engine can be a real bear. If so, I have found that removing the starter first will allow you to access the wires easier. Might need an extra hand to hold the starter if you can't hold the starter with one hand while removing the wires with the other.
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Thank you for all the responses to my inquiry. I am including a picture of what I think is the starter. Please let me know if I am wrong.

Yep, that's it! Just a note: That thing probably weighs 20 to 30 lbs. I know that doesn't sound like much, but when you're in an awkward position trying to get it out of there, it makes a difference. I wouldn't want to see you get hurt, or break something (like wires or even fingers).
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