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Engi My yj 88 wont start. when i turn the key to the start position, nothing happens but the lights in the dash work. There is a switch that cranks the motor and if the key is on well it starts sometimes but it sounds like there are gears of some kind that dont like it and the starter finishes by making a winding sound!!!!

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Looks like a cut off switch for the engine and your starter gear and or flywheel may have a couple of missing teeth .another possible problem may be the bendix gear on the starter may not be kicking out all the way

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You either have a bad starter drive or bad flywheel....hope its the starter....much cheaper and easier to replace!

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