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Starter turns over but wont engage flywheel

Sometimes the starter will just spin but not engage and than it will not even spin and than it will blow the fuse i cant figure out whats wrong with it

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Yes they do but I would rather think you have a bad battery cabe connection to the system, sometimes the battery cable corrudes and you can't see it try replacing the cable ends and the connector ends espically if they are by the battery.

Posted on Jun 18, 2009

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your selenoid is certainly at fault. as for the manuals, check manualspace.com they might have it

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My 2003 dodge caravan would not start after driving about 1/2 hour. I stopped for coffee and when got back in to start it started I switched gears and it stalled. I tried to start again switched gears then it started but only for 2 sec. No clicking, no cranking sound just would not start but battery functions were great. Spent 2 days with a mechanic who could not resolve so sent to Dodge. After a day of putting wires back and checking out the problem they said it was the computer. Said that it was bad and could be replaced at no charge due to malfunction. Yes, it worked fine afterwards no more problems. They also said that some of the computers are found to be defective like this one so I hope this helps you in the right choice to have the dealer check it out if you are unable to get a computer reading and there is no obvious short in the system. Free sounded very good but as you know there is no such thing as really free as they got me for other things $350 worth. ouch!

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SOURCE: starter spins does not engage flywheel

try pulling starter, Have someone turn key while you look at starter, If bendix(shaft with gear on it) doesnt shoot all the way up may need to replace starter,Most auto parts stores wil test starter for you

Posted on Sep 26, 2011

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check your flywheel & starter, one or both will be missing teeth, or the starter isn't "throwing out" yo engage flywheel

Posted on Aug 20, 2012

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