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My starter is not engaging on the flywheel but I can hear the bendix kick out

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Bendix may not be fully engaging.

Posted on May 27, 2014

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SOURCE: starter runs but won't engage flywheel

engine crank thrusts worn and crank moved back enough to not engage ,with a manual the clutch would push it forewards.or the flex plate on the back of the torque converter damaged and broke in teh centre where bolts to the crank

Posted on Dec 27, 2008

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Hello, I would make sure that your car is not one of those half year cars becuase two differn't starters may be offered for the same year of car. Also, I would check and see if your battery has enough CCA's to power your system. The only other thing is to turn your crankshaft with a breaker bar to turn your flywheel to possibly get a fresh area of teeth on it. If none of this fails it's as simple as just replacing the flywheel. If you did a bench test on the starter and the bendix engaged that is good. Buying parts from an Auto parts store does not gurantee the part is good and that the bendix engages the full distance to turn the flywheel. I would try to find a mechanic who rebuilds starters to make sure that the bendix is engaging fully. I hope this helps you!

Posted on May 20, 2009

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If the starter is whinning tht means its operating but not engaging to the flywheel..this could be tht the bendix is faulty...proceed to the starter removal.

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Craw under the jeep with a screw driver and turn the flywheel a couple notches.....then try starting. If that worked you have a bad spot on your flywheel and will need another or repeat process till you get money for perm repair.[there may be a dust cover to remove]

Posted on Dec 19, 2009

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If you turned the flywheel with a screwdriver and the bendix engaged the flywheel, then it sounds like it could be the flywheel. There may be "teeth" missing on the flywheel, causing the bendix not to grab onto the flywheel. Have the flywheel checked. If there are "teeth" missing, then replace the flywheel. I experienced the same problem with my Nissan.

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