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I have a 99 dodge intrepid 3.2, I replaced the old starter with a new one and now the solenoid drive will not engage the flywheel, help me please

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Did you check out the basics? Does the starter motor spin and kick out the drive gear? Did you check the flywheel teeth? Did the old starter motor use shims?

Posted on Dec 03, 2016

Testimonial: "Old starter didn't have shims had the new starter tested at the store and the gear drive popped out on all test,reinstalled the starter and it just spins, battery is nee"

  • jack layton
    jack layton Dec 03, 2016

    The battery has a full charge, correct? You mentioned the battery. Can you remove flywheel cover to visually see the drive gear kick out? Did you check flywheel teeth? Maybe you can rotate the flywheel a little, see if it makes any difference?

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