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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-11-2019, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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2008 3.5L starter issue

Alright this impala is the worse nightmare ever for mechanical issues. I’m now trying to solve a starter issue. I noticed my old starter would not turn over it would just thud. I took it to auto zone tested bad got a new one. I installed the new one started the car and got a whining/grinding noise. I then reseated the starter figuring I messed up. Then when starting the car again I got the thud noise again. This time I tried starting the car a couple times. I then seen smoked stopped and checked to see the smoke coming from the starter. All connections were very hot including on the battery it self. I checked and all voltages are good for the battery and the starter. This is out of my realm of knowledge and I really need some help. Any ideas? Also this all started when the engine started getting to much fuel by to much I mean shooting raw gas out of the exhaust. It was immediately towed to the house. I also notice when cranking 2 or more times I start leaking raw gas by the oil pan and starter it self witch could be part of this problem. Thank you in advance
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-11-2019, 07:42 PM
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-12-2019, 10:06 PM
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Agree with Jay on that but wanted to add a bit of a warning. If the fuel system or a stuck injector is shooting excessive amounts of gas into a cylinder it can 'wash down' the cylinder wall(s) which in turn means the fuel can leak past the piston rings and into the oil and, yeah, raw gas in the oil is No Bueno.

Sounds like you have 2 issues the way you describe the excess fuel and a starter not turning the engine over. Fix that fuel issue first.
You might want to take out all plugs and see if any or all are wet with gas as a clue.

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