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When I turn my ignition to start my 87 ford ranger the starter spins but doesn't catch the flywheel. I replaced the solenoid and checked the grounds but it still does the same thing. I just replaced the starter in November and I had it bench tested today and its a good starter. What should I do?

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If you have tested the starter, and it is installed correctly, and it spins, my guess would be missing teeth on the flywheel.
A Ford starter needs 11 volts to engage so you could check to make sure you have that at the starter cable post.
You could also turn the crank a few degrees to see if the flywheel is warped or damaged.

Posted on Jan 21, 2013

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If you've applied 12VDC to the solenoid and it does nothing, not even click, then the solenoid is toast!

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the starter is either not engaging or the bendix is shot. Bendix is the gear assembly that slides on the starter shaft. it should spin free in one direction and turn the starter in the other. and slide freely on the splines (in/out)

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The click you hear is the starter relay. Check for continuity thru relay with battery negative cable disconnected and switch in start position. If no continuity, it probably has burned contacts. Sometimes these can be taken apart and contacts filed/sanded cleaned.

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your barking up the wrong gum tree witht the starter motor ,you have an electrical supply problem on the battery terminal area with more than one wire connected or a dodgy earth cable from the engine to the chassis .i would be inclined to check and fit another earth cable from a good connection on the engine -(bell housing) and run it back to battery terminal to eliminate all posibilitys .before anything else ,make you own if you have to but only use copper cable .this is my last question for tonight ,have to go pick er indoors up from work now

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If you are satisfied with the Starter and the Battery. Check the connection to the Starter Solenoid Relay and Maxi Fuse. If all is still OK. Make a new Frame/Body ground to Engine casing Ground connection, if possible reusing the same, but cleaned, connection points .
Regards,DT

Posted on Aug 27, 2009

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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.
On other starters, the solenoid is mounted remotely. When the starter motor starts to spin, it ratchets out so the drive gear will engage the flywheel and crank the engine. If the drive mechanism is damaged or hung up, the motor may spin but not crank the engine.
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