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Starter problem on 1999 chevy P30 step van

I belive that the bendex drive on my starter is bad. When I try to start the motor it will try to engage then make a noise then all I hear is what sounds like the starter motre running with out a load on it. Can the bendix drive be repaired or do I need to replace the whole starter?

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Yes it can be replaced if you can find the parts. most stores dont sell seperate parts. also check flywheel teeth

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