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Just changed starter motor but once started the starter motor is still spinning , i believe i have wired it correctly what could be causing this??

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You have put the feed wire direct to the motor which is the bottom connection ,,,it goes to the top one

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Make sure all your ground wires are secure to the frame. This Could also Cause your problem.

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Why does my starter engage for only a second, then spin freely after that. it was removed and tested at Autozone and passed. The starter stayed engaged during the test when no load was encountered.

Hi Anonymous

What I believe you've said is that you turn the key to start, the engine turns over for a second, then you just hear the starter spinning but no engine turn over. Yes?

Then you took it to Autozone and tested it and it stayed engaged during the test. The differences, possible or real here, are the load on the starter gear end, and the electricity driving it.

There are a couple things happening in the start cycle. The motor starts spinning and the solenoid pushes the spinning gear forward to engage the toothed edge of the flywheel. If the solenoid doesn't push enough, the gear won't engage. So, one thought is that there's an issue with the solenoid - it may push the gear out just fine, but lack power to keep it pressed forward if there is back-force from the engine.

If you have a poor connection to the battery, the solenoid may not draw the current to keep the gear engaged. Checking the hot (red) wire both at the battery and where it attaches to the starter is the primary diagnostic there. Even if the battery has a good charge, the current draw if starting is the heaviest load it encounters in a typical day of driving, so the ability of the battery to dump that charge quickly in a pulse of high current is also important, and non-corroded, tightly connected wires help.

The starter gear also has a clutch in it - akin to the freewheel on the rear of a bike, or a ratchet. This lets the gear spin faster than the starter motor once the engine catches, so that the engine doesn't essentially grab the engaged starter motor and spin it waaay too fast. letting back on the key lets the fast spinning gear disengage without trouble. If there is an issue with that clutch/ratchet, that might also be allowing the gear to spin without it actually pushing - like the clicker in a ratchet sticking so that it'll spin either way.

After that.... there is likely both a relay and a fuse for the starter. Not a bad idea to check that neither is blown, or, in the case of the relay, looking sort of browned and cooked.

Hope this helps!

Dec 05, 2015 | 2000 Oldsmobile Alero

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My 2003 Isuzu Rodeo will not start it clicks when I try to crank it.

If it is just clicking then the starter motor is not turning over and you will not be able to start the engine.

You need to check...
1. The starter motor relay. If it has failed you will get no power to the starter motor and you replace it with a new relay. Your owners manual shows you the location of the relay.

2. Check the power supply to the starter solenoid and then from the starter solenoid to the starter motor itself.

3. If these are getting the correct current then you may have either a failed starter motor solenoid or the motor itself. Do not just replace the starter motor and assume that will fix the problem (as some people do) without doing all the essential wiring and current checks. If there is a wiring failure or the starter unit is not receiving the correct power you need to address that issue.

The P0240 code I believe has nothing to do with the starting issue. It relates to the catalytic converters on the exhaust system.
Read about the issue from the link below or look up numerous other references.

Feb 28, 2015 | 2003 Isuzu Rodeo

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I have a 1991 rs camaro 305 . I just replaced the starter motor when i went to hook back up the battery the starter motor began to spin. Need some help?

sounds as if you have connected the heavy battery wire to the wrong side of the solenoid, there are two large wires on the solenoid one goes into the starter and the other is from the battery. A smaller wire is needed for energising the solenoid. When you turn the key the solenoid is energized becoming an electromagnet, this does two things, 1 engages with the engine 2 connects the two heavy poles to spin the starter and start the engine .
Check you have refitted the wires correctly

Mar 01, 2014 | 1991 Chevrolet Camaro

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Starter not getting voltage

The starter gets powered by the solenoid which is energized when the ignition key is turned to the start position. Look at the picture below and read the sequence of operation below it. Once you find out what is NOT happening - you can troubleshoot back from there.


The IGNITION KEY SWITCH is connected by a small wire to the terminal in the GREEN circle on the SOLENOID. The battery is connected by a thick, heavy cable to the terminal in the RED circle of the SOLENOID. The terminal in the YELLOW circle of the SOLENOID is connected to a thick, heavy cable that goes directly into the STARTER MOTOR.

The -12 volts from the battery is connected to the car's engine, frame and body. The entire car has -12 volts available to all electric (and mechanical) parts, so only one wire is needed to energize those parts.

When the key is held in the START position, +12 volts from the battery is passed through the IGNITION SWITCH to the GREEN terminal on the SOLENOID. This causes the SOLENOID to (1) become energized, (2) internally physically connects the +12 volts RED terminal to the YELLOW terminal and (3) physically engages the STARTER to the engine's flywheel. When this happens, the +12 volts from the battery appears on the YELLOW terminal; and directly into the STARTER MOTOR. The STARTER MOTOR spins. Since it is engaging the flywheel, the flywheel turns too and the engine attempts to start. Once the engine is running, the key is released. The SOLENOID (1) becomes de-energized (2) opens the physical connection between the RED and YELLOW terminals, (3) disengages the STARTER MOTOR from the flywheel and the STARTER MOTOR stops spinning.

I hope this helps!

Aug 23, 2012 | 1998 Honda Accord

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Change starter wire on 92 eldorado

A starter motor problem won't cause the car to stop, You need to make sure that the earth leads from the battery to the body and to the motor are tight and that the surface they bolt to is clean, there could also be an issue with the electrical switch on the back of your ignition.

Mar 08, 2012 | 1992 Cadillac Eldorado

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I put a new starter in and it wont turn over, it just clicks once. what do i need to look at?

It sounds like the solenoid in the starter is engaging but the motor is not turning. Make sure you have all of the wires back in the correct spots and that none of the wires are crossed at the solenoid. Sometimes the eyelet and the end of the wire can be touching another post on the starter causing a short. There could also be something wrong with your engine not allowing it to spin. If there is not a wiring issue, you could have been issued a faulty starter. These have a core charge because they are rebuilt, meaning the starter you have is most likely not new, just a rebuilt one that someone else returned that was broken as yours was. I hope this helps.

Oct 05, 2010 | 1986 Chevrolet Camaro

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Hey there, I have a P reg Audi A4 avant sport. The initial problem was that the ignition key did not spring back from cranking the starter motor, I believe this has caused my bigger problem which is that I...

It sounds like you have 2 problems.

The first is the ignition switch. Call or visit your Audi dealer and ask about a recall for your ignition switch. I believe it should be replaced under recall.

Next, it sounds like the starter solenoid is not engaging. The starter has probably been damaged due to the faulty switch.

The third, and I hope it is not the case, is that the teeth on the flywheel which engage the starter are damaged and missing.

Once the starter is removed it will be obvious if there is damage to the flywheel.

Good luck.

Dec 14, 2009 | 1998 Audi A4

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Car won't start. 1974, not a 2006

If the motor does not turn over (spin) and all you hear is a click when you turn the key, it has to be something with the starter. It is very possible that the starter has frozen up (meaning the brushes are at a point on the commentator that they are not making the electrical contact needed to spin the starter). If it is just making one click then it is most likely the solenoid on top of the starter. I would replace the starter. If however the motor actually turns over then I would try these steps in this order.
Remove the top of the air cleaner. Either put a little bit of gas or use starting fluid (starting fluid is safer as it evaporates quicker) and put it down the carb then try to start. If it tries to start then you have spark. If it does not change anything then you most likely have no spark. In 1975 they were still using points-type ignitions in FIATS (they switched to electronic-type in 1979, I believe) so make sure that your points are not burnt out and that they are getting electricity. If you are getting spark and it tries to run then I would check for fuel delivery. I had to hook up an electric fuel pump (get one made for carburetors NOT FUEL INJECTION) to get mine to work. If you are feeling adventurous, have a manual transmission, have plenty of flat space to try this, some friends willing to push your car around, and hopefully some experience in push starting a car, then you could try pouring a little gas down the carb and then trying to push start it. To accomplish this you would need to be sitting behind the wheel and have the ignition turned to the on position. Have someone pour a little gas down the carb. Then have your friends push you with the car in neutral. When they get a little momentum they let go of the car, you push in the clutch, shift the car into 1st and then quickly release the clutch. If done correctly this will turn the motor over. if the car starts then you have a problem with the starter, either wires or bad starter.

May 31, 2009 | 2006 Fiat 124

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Ford F150 New Starter spins just with the key in the on position but the engine will not click to start. Once I turn the key like I am going to listen to the radio, it just sits there and spins. The motor...

There are 2 small wires on the solenoid at the starter. It sounds like they are reversed. Reverse those two wires and see if it works. If the old starter did the same thing but worked before that, then the problem is probably the ignition switch.

May 05, 2009 | 2006 Ford F-150

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