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Brand new starter just spins at times, intermittent problem. Could a missing tooth on flywheel cause this or is starter most likely bad.??

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Starter may need shimmed, have to see if its engaging at proper depth, but starter could be bad , it does happen since most are rebuilt.

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Yes the flywheel would be the problem here. It can be warped or has broken teeth.

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