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Pontiac Vibe Starter Chipping Flywheel
I removed the starter and took it to AutoZone for testing. It passed all tests, twice. The guy there told me the starter is not lined up correctly with the flywheel. He pointed out the starter drive was chipped and said the flywheel probably was, too, and probably because they were not lining up correctly. I inspected the flywheel and its teeth are chipped. This is installed from factory and has never been removed, so I do not understand how or why this happened. When I removed the starter, all bolts were tight and had to be broken loose, so the starter has been snug in position.
The AutoZone guy told me to contact the dealer to ask whether installing some shims would fix the chipping problem. I have not replaced the starter yet. Is this a factory issue or what course of action should I take, such as replacing the starter, installing shims, selling the car, etc? AutoZone did not have shims.