Number of teeth in starter gear that engages in the flywheel or torque converter

bighank1bighank1 Member Posts: 31
edited July 2015 in Buick
Pulled 3 starters at the junkyard to replace one that has a bad solenoid.
Have a 2002 Buick Regal LS with 3800 series II engine.
Found some on 3100 engines and one from a 3800.
My starter has about 10 teeth on the gear that engages the flywheel. Some of the ones I pulled had smaller gears with only about 8 teeth.

Why the difference?

Also one GM Delco starter was slightly longer (about 1/2 inch) than mine and had a small black hollow tube about 1 inch long at the rear of the starter and at the bottom. It fell off when I touched it. Looks like it might be a drain hole in case some water gets in to the starter. What is this really for?

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  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Member Posts: 26,464
    edited July 2015
    bighank1 said:

    Pulled 3 starters at the junkyard to replace one that has a bad solenoid.
    Have a 2002 Buick Regal LS with 3800 series II engine.

    These are the cars that use the same starter:
    I assume they all are w/ 3800 engine. Hope this helps.

    BUICK ALLURE (2006 - 2009)
    BUICK LACROSSE (2005 - 2009)
    BUICK LESABRE (1998 - 2005)
    BUICK LUCERNE (2006 - 2008)
    BUICK PARK AVENUE (1998 - 2005)
    BUICK REGAL (1998 - 2004)
    CHEVROLET CAMARO (1998 - 2002)
    CHEVROLET IMPALA (2000 - 2005)
    CHEVROLET LUMINA (1998 - 1999)
    CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO (1998 - 2005)
    OLDSMOBILE 88 (1998 - 1999)
    OLDSMOBILE INTRIGUE (1998 - 1999)
    OLDSMOBILE LSS (1998 - 1999)
    OLDSMOBILE REGENCY 1998
    PONTIAC BONNEVILLE (1998 - 2005)
    PONTIAC FIREBIRD (1998 - 2002)
    PONTIAC GRAND PRIX (1997 - 2008)

    2014 Malibu 2LT, 2015 Cruze 2LT,

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