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Starter will engage momentarily and then whine out like Bendix is not engaging. I found that a Lower bolt on the starter had fallen out and it was loose for some time before I fixed.

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I would remove the starter and inspect the flywheel for damage, sounds like the starter needs replaced, bendix is weak.

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It is possible that you badaged the teeth on the bendiz or worse on the flywheel. Remove the starter and inspect the teeth on the bendix, if they are damaged then replace the starter also make sure that there was not a shim that got lost when the bolt fell out. When working under a vehicle ALWAYS use Jackstands dont rely on the jack to support the weight of the vehicle.

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