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STARTER repplaced starter from parts center did'nt by from dealer the starter when it goes into the flywheel sometimes it spins the engine over and starts other times it might take numerous times before it starts it seems like the solenoid isn't the starter gear out long enough to start the engine

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Did you check for loose wires at the solenoid? I know they are a buger to get at...

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very good post, few like it.
this is the starter free spinning
the solenoids job is the engage the teeth the fly wheel (ring gear)

the pinon shaft in starter is dirty, clean it (easy fix)
bad starter solenoid. get a new starter , most solenoids cost more.
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If the starter is spinning without engaging the flywheel, chances are that the drive (called a bendix drive) is going bad. Part of that unit is a sprague or also known as an overrunning clutch. it's purpose is to permit the engine to spin faster than the starter when it fires up, otherwise the starter would explode due to the excessive rpm's. If the sprague is worn, or the gear slide is dirty or pitted, the gear end won't work properly. Since most times when that part goes bad, other parts of the starter are usually worn enough to warrant replacement, the best option is to replace the starter as a unit. (so in two weeks, you aren't taking it apart again to replace the brushes etc.)

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When we start the car it will start but sometimes the starter hangs up. Then when you try to restart it acts like it does not want to start but it will. Trying to figure out if it needs a new starter.


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it is the part of the starter that has a coil so that when you turn the key to start your car, voltage goes to the coil, and it expels the rotor which spins and engages the starter Bendix (with the smaller teeth on it) into the larger flywheel teeth to turn the engine to start the car.

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On your Expedition there are 2 or 3 small wires on top of the Starter that make the Bendix work. With luck, the connections are the problem and cleaning or replacing the wire ends will make the Starter work. The connections go to another part of the Starter called a Solenoid.

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At the most, you will need a Starter, wiring repair and a sensor. At the least, just wiring repair. I hope you find my reply thorough and informative.

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