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If the starter has been grinding against the flywheel for quite some time there is a GOOD chance that the flywheel is stripped. On the other hand, if it just started and it's engaged thoroughly in the past, you probably just have a bad starter bendix. Pull the starter then use a screwdriver or some other tool for prying to slowly turn the flywheel and inspect each tooth of the flywheel. Look for any that are significantly worn down or missing. If ANY fit that category you will need to pull the engine or transmission and replace the flywheel or flexplate depending on whether it's a manual transmission or an automatic.

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Q: What are the chances of the fly wheel being stripped if the starter on an 87 Ford Ranger suddenly stops engaging but still spins loudly and how do you check?
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