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1994 ford ranger starter

I have installed the starter but when it starts it gets stuck and doesnt come back. it makes alot of noise. i was just wondering if maybe i had the wiring wrong or where i can find information on if i did it right
thanks for your help

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    Loringh May 11, 2010

    When you installed a starter I am assuming it was a new one. There is a spring mounted in the end of the starter that connects to the engine. This spring rides on a spiral gear so that when you crank the motor by turning the key this spring rides down the end of this spiral shaft and engages the flywheel gear and cranks the engine

    It sounds to me that this spring (it's called a Bendix spring) is getting caught somehow in the flywheel gear . Normally, when the engines starts the flywheel gear starts turning faster than the motor and this causes the bendix spring to go back to its original position. If this is a new starter/solenoid this should not happen.

    As far as wiring goes it's pretty hard to screw this up. There should be a large red wire,(battery cable size) going to the solenoid and a smaller wire (comes from the ignition key) also going to the
    solenoid. When you turn the key, it applies 12 volts to the smaller wire, this closer the solenoid relay
    and the relay applies 12 volts to the starter motor

    Hope this helps Good luck Loringh


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I believe there is two solenoids on this vehicle. one on the starter and one on the right side fender area under the hood. Make sure this other solenoid is not bad.

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