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From time to time the starter does nothing when you turn the key. Interior lights are on so the battery is connected. Battery is two years old.

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It's possible to have a tooth or two chipped off on the flywheel. It would never cause a problem except when the starter bendix lines up perfectly with the bad teeth, which will just spin the bendix, but not engage the engine.

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