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Starter motor/engine turnover

Hi I recently overhauled a 1971 vw engine. It was a 1300 but I bought the complete kit and upgraded it to a 1600 I put in new barrels, new twin port heads, new piston heads complete with scrapper rings. I refurbished my starter motor and outside the engine it works perfectly but when I put in place it will engage but not turn over. Do you think that the refurbish starter could still be a problem under load? The engine turns on the flywheel so is definitely not seized. I have taken the spark plugs out so there is no compression whilst trying to start it

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Check the alignment of the starter gear when it engages the flywheel. It may be going in too tight, or at an angle. It could be binding the starter.

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I can tell u that the starter was put togeather wrong, most likely the wrong started drive was used.

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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

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you probably have a bent flywheel

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SOURCE: starter runs but won't engage flywheel

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!

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