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1999 Ford Crown Victoria Starter issue

I am having problems when trying to start. It sounds as though the starter is not getting engaged to start the car. It sounds like the gears are just barely touching and after 4 or 5 tries the pinion gear finally meshes properly to the ring gear. Is the starter then shot?
If I need to change out the starter is there any information out there online that I can print out to change it?

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The most likely cause is that the flywheel teeth are worn down soo much that the starter can only reach far enough to just touch the teeth and not truly engage them. Pull the starter and have a replacement one handy. Look at the flywheel from where the starter was and check all around the flywheel by first marking it with chalk or whatever, turning the engine with a socket and ratchet at the front crank pulley. It helps to have two people to do this. Some wear is normal but look for missing or half missing teeth. If you find this to be the issue, call the shop and make an appointment. If the flywheel looks good, then you have the solution in the box beside you.
Rare possiblity....
There are a few problems that may be occurring. All of these are typical starter problems that can happen to any starter. But, the one thing that sticks out in my mind with this particular car is the small wire leading to the solenoid on the starter.
Ford's fix for this was to replace that wire from where it connected at the starter to about 8 inches away. I know this sounds kinda kookie but I had bought new starters from ford that had this replacement wire in the box. I had then replaced this wire with the proper gauge wire from my stock and it actually worked on one of the many I havetried before replacing the starter.

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It sounds like the one way rollers in the starter gear are not holding. The fix is to rebuld the starter, or just replace it. alldatadiy.com will sell you all the information you need on that car for $16.95 a year.

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