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When I try to start, why does it sound like the starter is spinning and not engaging anything?

Plenty of battery but when turn the key it sounds like the starter is spinning but not engaging the engine to turn over.

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You may need to take the starter off and have it bench tested.
The problem could be the starter drive, or you could have some missing teeth on the flywheel. The drive is supposed to extend when the starter spins to make contact with the teeth on the flywheel. You could also try turning the crank a few inches and try the starter again.

Posted on May 09, 2013

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    That was what I suspected. Thanks for the confirmation

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Starter solinod bad the motor spins the starter the solonod ejects the gear forward under comments is a video of how to test starter yourself

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    Starter solinod bad the motor spins the starter the solonod ejects the gear forward

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Try this procedure:
Check the battery like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.
If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.
Check that the battery cable plus post, goes to the starter, Minus post to a good ground, like the engine.
If wiring is ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter.
Problem is most likely the Solenoid's bendix gear or starting relay, Have someone bang on the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging the bendix gear..
Hope this helps.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015

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SOURCE: starter

the most common problem would be the starter relay,
the contacts burn out so just replace the relay.
cheers

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SOURCE: starting problem

check crank sensor

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SOURCE: The car will not start. It has plenty of battery

check battery voltage at solenoid on starter... yu say you have plenty of voltage, I assume you menat at least 12 volts... needs to be at least 12 volts... again tap on starter with key ign switch activated, have some one help... please rate help. thanks

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SOURCE: I have a 2001 Xterra

Starter is bad check connections at battery n starter if their good u need a new starter motor

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SOURCE: My 1997 Nissan Quest wont start. I don't hear

My guess would be a switch (park interlock, brake interlock, etc.), a main fuse (located under the hood), or a starter solenoid. One easy check is to turn the key to start and simultaneously wiggle the shifter or pull it in to the Neutral position.

Good luck.

Posted on Apr 23, 2011

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