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Won't start, starter will spin but will not engage fly wheel to crank up engine

Ford explorer sport 2001 spinning starter, won't start engine

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Sounds like the starter drive is shot, best thing to do is replace starter with new or rebuild.

Posted on Jun 03, 2009

  • mark hughes
    mark hughes Oct 16, 2014

    I have same problem with new starter.

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