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STARTER MOTOR SPINS BUT DOES NOT ENGAGE IN FLYWHEEL

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The best thing to do is tap it with a hammer a few times see if it will free up. If that dont work you can take it to the auto parts store and get them to bench test it if the bendix is still stuck and noit moving then you may just have to buy a new one.

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