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Starting problems 1979 ford motorhome with a 460 - starter makes a brrrrrrrrrr noise but doesn't turn the engine over. charged the battery but still the same. Hasn't moved since 2006 but was okay then.

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Tap the starter motor with a hammer it may be stuck.Sometimes it will jar it free.If that does not work remove it and have it tested.

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