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Is it not engaging the flywheel? Or is the engine spinning over and not starting.

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Hi, my ssanyong Rexton, the battery is fine but the engine does not startup, tried many jump starters still cannot start.. What is the solution?


Does the starter spin the motor? IF not, you can bypass the starter circuit by directly connecting a jumper from your battery (positive terminal) to the smaller of the three starter terminals. It will be located on the solenoid. First disconnect the coil pack so the car won't start. Next connect the jumper to the starter first, then the battery, flip the jumper switch, You should hear a loud click and the starter should spin the motor. If the starter spins the motor immediately flip the switch back to "open", disconnect the jumper as your problem lies elsewhere. If starter doesn't spin, the starter/solenoid is the problem. If it does spin the motor, you may have a bad wire, fuse, ignition switch, terminal connection etc. If you are uncomfortable with this solution, take it to a technician. Any of them should be able to diagnose the problem.

Feb 09, 2017 | Cars & Trucks

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Turn key get nothing jump starter and sylenoid just spins


i cant dope out that symptoms.

does it crank or not. be clear there.

no car starts (but my 6sp) if it dont crank.

on A/T cars cranking is a first thing. so does it.?

Solenoids do not spin, the stroke only , it a linear motion.

the Sol. moves the pinion and the main contactor switch only.



my guess is the Starter spins and the crank don\'t spin,

you hear the starter motor spin up, it sings. like bird.

that means the starter /solenoid are bad. (crude)

if the battery is good and or jumper starting off a running car.



It can just be a dirty starter pinion, clean it , repeat.

fixed many for this. i have.



battery cable lugs clean, and good. no green rust.

bad cable usually just make a loud THUNK sound. no spin.

Sep 02, 2014 | 2005 Jeep Wrangler X

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Replace starter


two things can happen
first the starter will spin but don't trow the Bendix (shaft) to engage with the flex plate
second flex plate have worn spot and the starter spin on dead spot
turn the engine with hand little and start again.
if the starter work normal the engine will turn.
if nothing happen the starter is bad

Apr 01, 2014 | 2002 Toyota Camry

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2002 Kia Rio, sometimes it starts up fine. More and more often it sounds like the starter motor is spinning, but its not engaging. So it's not even attempting to turn over the engine. It's not a clicking,...


very good post, few like it.
this is the starter free spinning
the solenoids job is the engage the teeth the fly wheel (ring gear)

the pinon shaft in starter is dirty, clean it (easy fix)
bad starter solenoid. get a new starter , most solenoids cost more.
your suspisons are dead on.

Oct 12, 2013 | 2002 Kia Rio

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When I try to start, why does it sound like the starter is spinning and not engaging anything?


You may need to take the starter off and have it bench tested.
The problem could be the starter drive, or you could have some missing teeth on the flywheel. The drive is supposed to extend when the starter spins to make contact with the teeth on the flywheel. You could also try turning the crank a few inches and try the starter again.

May 09, 2013 | 2002 Nissan Sentra

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2000 chevy impala, starter spins but does not engage


if the starter spins but does not engage flywheel. then its the starter solinoid thats bad. its on top of starter, when key is turned to start, the solinoid is activated, and it pushes the gears out to make contact with flywheel to start vehicle. so the solinoid just spins with out kicking out to flywheel. change solinoid or get another starter. have a good day !

Nov 27, 2010 | 2000 Chevrolet Impala

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Won't start, starter will spin but will not engage fly wheel to crank up engine


Sounds like the starter drive is shot, best thing to do is replace starter with new or rebuild.

Jun 03, 2009 | 2001 Ford Explorer Sport

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Starter wont stop spinning


The starter relay may be sticking on start. Get someone to start truck and when problem starts hit relay lightly wih hammer. A cheap voltmeter will tell you if relay is sticking or still energised from ingnition switch after key release from start position.

May 04, 2009 | 2001 Ford Expedition

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87 S10 Truck Bad Starter or drive pinion.


starter drive probably bad can be replaced

Dec 17, 2008 | 1998 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup

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I have a 1998 Nissan Frontier. It will not start. I have check fuses and starter and battery. Have power but won't start. Cannot locate the Starter Relay Switch. Where exactly is it located?


Does the starter crank the engine over? Saying your truck won't start could mean that the starter spins be the engine won't fire. If the starter is not spinning is it at least clicking?

Dec 07, 2008 | 1998 Nissan Frontier

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