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Ford 96 windstar/ starter will not engage but it was benched tested and it works, battery is fine as well as alternator and the engine is not seized?

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    toneman2121 May 12, 2010

    do you mean the starter turns but the pinion gear will not engage the flywheel or the starter will not energize.?

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What engine? With or without Anti-Theft? How about the Neutral switch on the trans?

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