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2002 Kia Rio, sometimes it starts up fine. More and more often it sounds like the starter motor is spinning, but its not engaging. So it's not even attempting to turn over the engine. It's not a clicking, it doesn't turn over slowly. It really sounds like the starter is spinning fine. And sometimes it does turn over the engine. I have to sit there for ~5 - 10 minutes sometimes trying over and over and over until it catches. I suspect something is wrong with the starter and causing it not to push the gear from the starter into mesh with the flywheel. Also, sometimes it will start to turn over the engine, but before the engine is fully cranked, its like the starter gear drops away from the flywheel and starts spinning freely.

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Very good post, few like it.
this is the starter free spinning
the solenoids job is the engage the teeth the fly wheel (ring gear)

the pinon shaft in starter is dirty, clean it (easy fix)
bad starter solenoid. get a new starter , most solenoids cost more.
your suspisons are dead on.

Posted on Oct 12, 2013

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    Richard Benfield Oct 12, 2013

    Thank you for the quick reply and for the inforamation. I'll try to pull the starter today to see if it just needs the pinion shaft cleaned or to be replaced.

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Sounds like the starter solenoid.

Posted on Oct 19, 2013

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SOURCE: location of starter on 2001 kia rio

bottom rear of engine at bell housing of trans, u will need to jack the car up and put it on safety stands before starting work, also disconnect the battery, be3fore hand ake sure u have the radio code if one is required.

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