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When you turn key something just spins,can the starter have gone out.is this something i can change myself

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It sounds like your starters bendix is out so you will probably need a new one
but before you spend any money make sure your battery is fully charged sometimes low voltage can cause this symptom
if your battery is fully charged then you will need a starter
if you have basic mechanical knowledge you can do this
make sure to disconnect your negative battery cable and isolate it from
the battery first then remove the mounting bolts and the wire connections replace in the same order make sure to prevent battery wire at starter from touching any obstructions then reconnect battery
and you should be good to go
i hope this helps

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