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Ford F150 starter does not engage, spins the catches off and on

Start spins and does not engage fly wheel then once switch is bumped several times always cranks. starter has been changed but problem continues, fly wheels looks fine through inspection plate

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  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    I tried to start it with a mostly dead battery and it kicked back and now it has a loud tick. was told it was starter and flywheel so I changed starter and inspected fly wheel and they were good


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