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Why can i hear my starter spinning and the motor not turn over?


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2006-08-24 20:24:05
2006-08-24 20:24:05

If the starter is spinning but not engaging the flywheel it will not turn the engine over. This is due to the starter drive not engaging properly. The starter could possibly be rebuilt, but it may wind up being cheaper to just replace it with a remanufactured unit from your local parts house.

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The problem is in the starter drive (sometimes called bendix). Take the starter back to wherever it was rebuilt and have it repaired or exchanged.

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is the starter engaging and turning over the engine or is it just spinning? if just spinning get new starter. if it is turning over the engine, have your ignition switch checked. if you are mechanical, the easiest way to check swith is to hot wire the engine and see if it starts

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If you hear the starter spinning but not turnover it over. Or if the starter just clicks when you try to turn it over. If anything you can just take it out and have your local auto parts store test it.

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The single click, that you hear when the starter switch is operated, is the solenoid making the high tension connection to the starter motor. If the starter motor doesn't turn over, you will need to check both the battery feed to the solenoid and the feed from the solenoid to the starter motor (this is typically a short length of braided cable). I have known this cable to corrode through. If it has, the easiest remedy, is to replace the entire starter motor.

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it is your starter motor sticking, or could be your alternator but i think it is defo your starte motor.


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