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Cranks fine, won't "catch"

It's a 1991 Skylark, 2.5 liter 4cyl. It will crank fine, the battery is strong. However, after cranking for awhile, the engine will "click" or "grind," and the cranking will be interrupted and stop. It's been an issue for awhile, but previously the car always started. Now it won't. Previously, sometimes the car would crank and crank, but then once I quit turning the key, it would "rrrrrrrrrrrrr" all the way down until it stopped. What's going on?

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  • radunbar Dec 31, 2008

    Thanks for your help. What's the procedure for replacing the starter? Do I have to get under the car to replace it?

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Distributor module on rear of engine probally bad if you have no spark .
check for spark.

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From what u describe, I believe u have a starter and possibly a flywheel problem. When u turn the key to start the car, the starter gear engages w/ the flywheel, turning the flywheel, which turns the engine over. It sounds like the teeth of the flywheel and starter are worn, (they should mesh together smoothly) which would make the grinding noise u describe. If this is the case, the flywheel and starter would need to be replaced, and its a labor intensive job, as engine and trans. have to be separated to remove/install the flywheel. The rrrrrrr sound could be the starter gear spinning but not engaging. The starter gear extends on a shaft, then engages the flywheel. It is possible the gear isn't moving forward on the shaft, just spinning w/out engaging, making the rrr sound. So, I would recommend u remove the starter and have it tested (many parts stores will do this for free) and check the teeth on the gear to see if they are worn or broken. U will also be able to see a portion of the flywheel after the starter is removed, and u should check the teeth on it also. Let me know what u find, hopefully it's just a starter problem, and the flywheel is ok.

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