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I have a 97 cavalier 2.2 automatic. the engine has 180 000 km's on it. we drove it around fine for 2 weeks before bringing it in for safety. The garage called and told us the cone piece on the starter was broken and a tooth off the fly-wheel was broken... we bought a new starter had it installed. it will engage and mesh with the flywheel. but will not turn the engine. the mechanic was able to grab the fly-wheel and turn it manually and able to turn it by the alternator. they are wondering if the engine might be siezed. they used a boost pack and another vehicle to make sure it wasnt a battery and did a bench test on the new starter... i am wondering myself if it may be bad wiring to the starter and it isnt getting enough power or something... but for the starter to break and a tooth of the fly-wheel to be gone makes me wonder? any information would be great... and if there is details missing i can try and fill them in. THANKS

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  • formula_z_67 Apr 23, 2009

    Well I bought one of those meters today to test the cables. Just not sure on which ones to test. how much volts should be going through those wires. and where is the voltage regulator on the car. and why would it prevent the car from starting... the starter works but im wondering since there was no load on it, that it was working fine. add load doesnt seem to have enough power or something. not sure at all

  • formula_z_67 Apr 23, 2009

    The starter was meshing in with the fly-wheel where the tooth wasnt missing... and sorta just vibrating in there. almost seemed as if there was a lack of power. But i was just wondering about engine seize for the cone of the starter to be broken off and a tooth. I will check the wiring, they just checking to see that is was circulating fine. they never actually tested it for the voltage in the wires

  • formula_z_67 Apr 23, 2009

    yes I will start with that. the thing that has me confused with this is that it was a new starter put in. so you would think it would be ok.

  • formula_z_67 May 06, 2009

    Ok, so apparently the previous owners had a starter break in the car as well. We bought a new starter for the car and had it installed by a mechanic and the dodge dealer. the new starter is working fine, except for today. when it engages to mesh with the fly-wheel its making a loud screeching sound... the car still starts but there gotta be a problem somewhere for the car to be doing this to so many starters... possibly a warp in the fly-wheel? no idea...

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First u need to tunning the corborator check that fuel is proeprly goes to carborator also check spark plug is working fine.check gear shifing is not hard

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Normally it is starter problem.

Go replace the starter.

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You will need to have the flywheel changed if it does have a broke tooth. It should still spin but have a miss in it. I would check all the wiring and make sure all the contact ends are completely clean and are in perfect contact with starter and battery and don't forget about the voltage regulator, they also will go out which is common. You can test you wiring with an ohmmeter. Place one probe on one end of cable and the other probe on other end of wiring while tester is on ohm setting. If you get a good strong reading, than the wiring is good. If it is weak or no signal, than there is a break in the wiring.

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    Nate Stansfield Apr 23, 2009

    The wires carry 12 volts. Same as battery. I would also suggest buying a thing of mysery oil and putting some in each cylinder. Than you can use a breaker bar and turn engine over by crank shaft. If you can turn the engine easily by hand than it is not frozen and the problem is due to the missing tooth in flywheel or your starter or solenoid is weak, or it is the wires.

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    Nate Stansfield Apr 23, 2009

    sounds like a good plan. Also the starter flyback may have worn out not letting the start wheel disengage under load. But Start with what you got first.

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    Nate Stansfield May 06, 2009

    I have come to believe that there is either missing tooth on flywheel, loose flywheel bold, or it is warped.

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