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Starter wont start

The car has power to starter but wont engage makes winding high pich sounds and keeps spinning

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  • ronsixt Jan 05, 2009

    new starter 80 bucks labor 65 good as new

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If you or a friend are handy with things mechanical...get on line, perhaps ebay motors and look up a solenoid rebuild kit. Remove starter, separate solenoid from starter body. Pay attention to order of disassembly. Install 2 contacts one opposite the other. Plunger goes right in the middle. By simply looking at parts in the bag, it will be obvious what goes where. Installation is reverse of removal. Obviously, remove negative battery terminal before doing anything....PHB

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Starters come in a variety of designs. On some, the solenoid is mounted on top of the starter. When you turn the key, the solenoid routes current to the starter motor and at the same time pulls a lever that slides the drive gear mechanism out so it will engage the flywheel and crank the engine. If the solenoid is weak or damaged, it may not be strong enough to overcome the spring tension that retracts the drive gear. So the starter spins but doesn't crank the engine.
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Regardless of what type of starter you have, it will have to come out for further inspection. The drive gear (which is sometimes referred to as a "Bendix drive") should move out when the starter starts to spin. The drive gear usually has a one-way clutch that is supposed to protect the starter against damage if someone keeps cranking the engine once it starts. The gear should turn one way but not the other. If the gear is locked up or turns freely either way, the drive is bad and needs to be replaced. If the drive can't be replaced separately, you'll have to replace the entire starter.
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CAUTION: Be careful because a starter develops a lot of torque. It should be held down with a strap or clamped in a vice (be careful not to crush or deform the housing!) before voltage is applied.
A simple no-load bench test can be performed with a battery and a pair of jumper cables to see if a starter motor will spin. But this test alone won't tell you if the starter is good or bad because a weak starter that lacks sufficient power to crank an engine at the proper speed (usually a minimum of 250 to 500 rpm) may still spin up to several thousand rpm when voltage is applied with no load.
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If the starter does not spin freely, or draws an unusually high or low number of amps, it is defective and replacement is required.
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