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I got a used starter and had it tested before i had it installed in my 1997 sunfire and its working great when it was on the tester then i installed the starter in the car i tryed it and all it does is click really hard im just woundering if it could be the flywheel gone and when i try to roll the car to start it it just stops dead please message back

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If the car is a stick and it stops right away when u push it, theres a chance that the engine might have seized up. I would take a socket and rachet put it on the harmonic balancer on bottom of engine and see if you can turn that engine over by hand, Its worth a try.

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