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The starter engages into ring gear but will not stay engaged. it kicks back out. starter &battery,cables are new. i have tryed going directly from battery to starter. it still wont stay engaged. any answers thanks

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Replace the starter,that`s the only way to fix the problem.

Posted on Oct 06, 2009

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When testing starter out of truck works fine, put starter in truck and under load starter stays engaged, rip


Either the solenoid is getting power when it should not be, or the starter drive is not aligned with the flywheel.

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I have a 98 Jimmy that when I try to start it the starter does not engage, I put a new battery in and it seemed to work for a couple of days and now it's back to the same problem. Any suggestions?


sounds like the starter is going, what happens is the battery had more power to help get the starter to operate a few more times but it is already shot. The part that will go on starters is the Bendix. It's the part that pushes the drive gear out to the front of the shaft to engage it with the flywheel. It's like a spring and plunger assembly with a magnetic part that pushes a fork on the gear while the key is turned and then springs back away from the flywheel once you let up on the key. You extra power from your new battery got it to push the gear out but was bound to fail since those parts were worn out. That's why you will hear the starter wizzing up but not engaging on the flywheel or you'll hear that grinding sound. that is due to the starter already turning the drive gear before the bendix has moved the gear forward. The gear is spinning and the bendix is stuck but then comes loose and tries to kick the spinning gear out and just grinds the flywheel without ever having the chance for the teeth to align first.

bottom line is you will need a new starter.

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you could have a bad flywheel, missing teeth, was that checked when the starter was out ? if not, your going to have to check it now, also , check the teeth on the starter and have it bench checked to see if it engages properly, Its not unusual for a rebuilt to have faults

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If it just spins when you turn the key, either the Bendix gear is not kicking out the starter gear, or the flywheel/flexplate hs broken or missing teeth. Was the old starter 'shimmed'? If so, did you put the same number of shims back in when you installed the new one? It is possible your starter, even though it is new, is not working properly-rebuilt units can be defective out of the box.

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Yes - your problem is in your starter - specifically the armature and / or brushes. The starter is located on the passenger side of the vehicle, mounted to the front of the transmission and back of the motor. The starter's armature kicks out and connects with the Ring gear ( automatic trans) or flywheel ( manual trans) and turns the flywheel ? gear to engage the engine. The clicking indicates the solenoid is completing the circuit but the armature is not engaging the gear.The positive battery cable goes directly to the solenoid which is mounted to the starter and the positive cable MUST be removed prior to removing the starter. The armature and related brushes can be replaced instead of buying a new or rebuilt starter / solenoid assembly but should be done by a qualified professional as it can be done wrong and cause serious damage to the ring gear or flywheel.
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I would suspect the "bendix drive" in the starter. That is the part that slides the gear into the flywheel when you turn the key. The flywheel kicks it back out once the engine starts but sometimes when they go bad instead of kicking in they refuse to kick out. Hope this helps.

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Does the starter kick out and spin normally out of the car? Have you checked the condition of the flywheel? Ususally the starter doesnt turn until the solenoid kicks the gear out to engage the flywheel. Check if the gear on the starter is bad, it should slip one way, and not the other.

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Starter wont engage ring gear.


eathier it needs shims or you have a bad flywheel sounds like its free spinning at times pull the starter an turn the ring gear make sure its not missing teeth if not you may need shims

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