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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 07-04-2013, 07:46 PM
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Fly/Flex plate/starter problem

1997 528i Automatic - Engine Swap - When I went to start it after all was put together is started but had a grinding noise coming from the rear of the engine around the starter. I pulled the starter out and turned the engine by hand - no noise. Looks like the front of the starter is making contact with the flex plate (see picture) I had the starter tested and it tested fine. I also loosened the flex plate and retightened it. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Ben

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Old 07-05-2013, 01:40 AM
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Did you use the starter that came with the engine or the old one you had? BMW used 2 starters one with threads for the screws on the starter and one with a screw and bolt like the old models. Maybe the length of the head you used is smaller and it hit the flex plate ?
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Old 07-05-2013, 02:28 AM
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does the starter carry a shim or spacer between it ?
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Old 07-05-2013, 03:44 AM
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Thanks for the replies... I am using the starter that I had with my old engine. The used engine did not have one on it. I know it is the correct starter, it does look like I could shim it about an 1/8 inch and it would not rub. If I do that would that adversely effect anything else? Thanks again!
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:39 AM
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you loosened and tighting the flex disk? you mean the torque convertor?
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:59 AM
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The 3 bolts that hold the engine to the torque converter. Thanks
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