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New starter installed and fly wheel will spin but car still wont start and it has a 2.2 engine

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    Mike Butler May 11, 2010

    Are you lacking spark, or fuel?



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The fly wheel gets stuck, but the engine is not siezed. Can removing the spark plugs and spinning the fly wheel fix the problem?

I think i understand what you are saying Mary. The flywheel is a gear with teeth that is bolted to the crankshaft. The starter engages the teeth on the flywheel to start the vehicle. If the flywheel has a worn spot on it where the teeth are broken. The starter wont turn over the engine and start the car. Putting a wrench on the camshaft pulley and advancing the the flywheel turning the bolt in the normal rotating direction . Should move the gear to a good spot where the starter will engage it. but the next time the car is turned off and the gear falls in the same position the same problem will result. If this the actual problem the only way to fix the problem is to replace the worn flywheel.

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Starter grabs the flywheel of the engine and gives it a spin so that the engine starts running when getting fuel and spark.
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