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Starter won't turn over engine

97 Sentra, the starter turns over but doesn't turn over the engine. Replaced the starter and that didn't help

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  • canyondvm Feb 09, 2009

    Pulled the plugs, all look fine. I can turn the engine by hand no problem. Still won't turn over with starter. It seems that even if the flywheel had a broken tooth or something that turning the engine by hand would ge to a new location on the flywheel and then turn over?

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I know it sounds dumb, but by turning over, you mean that the engine turns but does not start? Or, that the starter turns but the engine does not turn (spin with the starter engaged and running). If engine turns with starter, check spark & fuel. If starter turns and engine does not, check the teeth on the flywheel. if any are missing or worn off, it will give that problem. If starter engages but engine seems to be "locked up", remove spark plugs and attempt to turn it by hand. Any coolant on plugs indicates a blown head gasket or cracked cylinder head. If engine does not turn by hand with plugs out, likely you have a bearing or other "lower end" problem.

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  • Richard Scordino Feb 09, 2009

    I know it sounds even dumber but have you checked to make sure the battery and all connections on it and ground are good?(check battery with meter should have 12v in it. when starter is engaged volts should not drop lower than 10-10.5) (translates to about 200 amp load) (so basic I nearly overlooked it.) Are you certain that the starter is connected properly? any noises???

  • Richard Scordino Feb 09, 2009

    PS about flywheel... yes it should work in new location... I didn't mention that but if you said it started all of a sudden after checking, I would have mentioned it.

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