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87 S10 Truck Bad Starter or drive pinion.

On my S10 Truck Extended Cab, when ever i try to start it lately it tries to start at first then the engine stops spinning and you can hear the starter still spinning, some times the starter spins without engaging the engine at all. After a few Tries the engine finally starts.

I think its the Drive Pinion, the little gear on the starter, however I don’t know if you can replace that separately or not.

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Starter drive probably bad can be replaced

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