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While driving my 95 1.8l eagle summit died then couldn't start back up. Starter would spin but not engage the flywheel to crank the engine. Why did it die in the first place? Lights seem good, hooked up charger/battery booster and the no change so battery seems good. Read 12.5 while not running. Haven't checked timing belt yet. But why won't the starter gear engage the fly wheel but will spin freely?

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The starter bendix is most likely bad or sticking. The bendix is responsible for kicking the starter drive gear into the flywheel. On some starters the bendix can be replaced but if unsure of how to replace the bendix, it is better to put a completely new starter on.

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Check timing belt first , check starter also .

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 you need a shim, if its screaming your clearance is to great. Are you positive its the right starter?

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Sounds like the starter drive is shot, best thing to do is replace starter with new or rebuild.

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Well, the easiest solution is to pull the starter and bench test it. Likely areas for your issue is the starter drive, and flywheel teeth. You need to inspect the teeth of the flywheel.

one quick test would be to manually turn the engine to another location and fresh teeth on the flywheel, and try starting again. Engines tend to stop at some spots, and that can cause unusual wear on teeth in one small location.

Sometimes rebuilt starter do not get all new parts, but only what is failing, so it is possible to get a malfunctioning starter drive. Starter drive failure usually turns the engine over briefly, then the starter disengauges....

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are you sure you got the wires back on tight? Also it sounds like the bendex is not kicking out like it is supose to.....Did you change the starter cylenoied?

even some new starters are bad, it doesent happen much but it does happen. You might even take the starter back out and run Jumper cables to the starter. See if the bendex will kick out and stay out untial you diconect the starter......Sorry for your run of bad luck and I hope this is of some help.

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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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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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