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Starter spins but doesnt start engine

Starter motor spins but doesnt turn the engine

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  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2014

    after replacing the ignition starter burned up. After installing new starter ..starter is spinning with no other operatin

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    does spin but doesnt turn engine over

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Starter drive spinning but not shooting out into flywheel for turning engine over. If you remove it & grease up the shaft of the starter that it slides on & keep working it on the bench, you may save some money. Once you have it lubed & working good one bench, put it back in & give it a try. Take a look at gear teeth for damage while it's on the bench as well.

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