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Starter makes weird noise dosent turn over

I have a 98 sunfire and we had a neighbour replace our thermostat. Ever since, the starter dosent start on the first try. I turn it over and it makes a weird noise and all the lights light up on the dash. After 3 or 4 attempts it finally turns over and starts. The only noise I can explain is that it sounds like when I turn over the engine is a reving engine, any idea of the problem?

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You will need a new starter rebuilt ect. to replace the one you currently have that is defective. you sound like you are spinning the starter motor but the starter bendix is no longer engaging the flexplate/flywheel on the engine.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008

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This starter u had put in has a defective engagement drive, the noise is the starter spinning very fast, u need another starter.

Posted on Dec 22, 2008

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Starter drive not engaging fully . Sticky or worn, but don't think changing thermostat had anything to do with it. Try having starter drive inspected & lubed if possible , but you may end up with new starter.

Posted on Dec 22, 2008

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