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Ford F-150

If your starter periodically spins without engaging the flywheel is it possible that your ignition switch may be faulty?

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2015-07-16 18:23:16
2015-07-16 18:23:16

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The problem lies in the starter itself. Replace the starter and the vehicle will start....

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You haven't really given enough information, but a possible cause might be that the starter is not fully engaging the flywheel when it is starting the engine.

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It is possible that the bendix or solenoid on your starter is bad. These allow the starter teeth to move forward to engage the flywheel. Take the starter to a auto parts store and have them check it.

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Is it doing anything at all when you turn the key? If not, then most likely it's either a dead battery, loose/corroded battery connections, or loose/corroded starter motor connections. Less common but possible is the ignition key switch. If you hear a fast spinning sound but the engine itself does not turn over, then your starter motor is not engaging the flywheel and you will need to replace either the starter motor (more likely) or flywheel (less likely). Pray it's neither one of those, but sometimes you can get a sticky starter to work temporarily by rapping it a couple times with a hammer...IF you can reach it on these MPVs...

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I'll let you know when I finish the steel flywheel I am making and test it out. If possible, i am going to run up the flywheel until it explodes, so I know a relatively safe speed to be running flywheels at in the future.


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