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Sound coming from relay but starter wont engage. can shift into gear so lead to believe shaft with starter gear sheard into gearing/bound up? opinion?

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Check for a cracked or broken coil wire, also check that all the connections are tight at the battery as well.

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Is there some sort of relay for the starter gear to catch on flywheel?


On top of your starter is a "solenoid", which does two jobs:
1. it's the starter relay,
and
2. it engages the pinion gear on the starter with the flywheel.
There is a "bendix spring" that retracts the gear when you stop cranking. The gear can get stuck on the shaft, and the starter will just spin....

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I have a 2000 toyota celica gts and it wont start or turn over the starter will make like a whinning sound but its not trying to crank the engine maybe its the starter but just in case its not anybody have...


Likely either the starter or solenoid. Solenoid is a combination of relay and actuator, pushing the starter's gear into engagement with your flywheel.

Oct 28, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

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Starting problems


Need to know what year you have. If the starter solenoid is not activating the starter drive or jack shaft then the starter would spin freely and whine. If you have a bent shaft or otherwise that will stop gear engagement when you try to start it would just spin and whine. SO, if you get a whine the starter is spinning but not engaging.

If the starter relay makes a click everything up to there is working.
If the solenoid makes a click everything up to there is working ie the low current circuit is working. If the starter spins the high current circuit is also working and that leaves the above that the starter drive is not working to engage the starter with the clutch ring gear.

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I have a 98 Jimmy that when I try to start it the starter does not engage, I put a new battery in and it seemed to work for a couple of days and now it's back to the same problem. Any suggestions?


sounds like the starter is going, what happens is the battery had more power to help get the starter to operate a few more times but it is already shot. The part that will go on starters is the Bendix. It's the part that pushes the drive gear out to the front of the shaft to engage it with the flywheel. It's like a spring and plunger assembly with a magnetic part that pushes a fork on the gear while the key is turned and then springs back away from the flywheel once you let up on the key. You extra power from your new battery got it to push the gear out but was bound to fail since those parts were worn out. That's why you will hear the starter wizzing up but not engaging on the flywheel or you'll hear that grinding sound. that is due to the starter already turning the drive gear before the bendix has moved the gear forward. The gear is spinning and the bendix is stuck but then comes loose and tries to kick the spinning gear out and just grinds the flywheel without ever having the chance for the teeth to align first.

bottom line is you will need a new starter.

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Starter not egaging right?


There are two types of starter, a bendix gear type,and a pre engaged type, neither should rotate with the engine running, with a pre engaged starter the gear is connected to the flywheel but when the engine starts a solinoid pulls the gear out of the flywheel, with a bendix type, the starter motor spins the bendix shaft which in turn winds the gear up and into the flywheel ring gear.

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The starter wont stop running after car is started


Can be caused by a few different problems:

1) Ringgear/pinion gear worn, causing them to remain meshed
2) Starter axle shaft worn causing pinion to not retract
3) Electrical fault causing soledoid to remain engaged

First, disconnect main lead on rear of starter (large wire from battery to starter) and try the key, using the test lamp to confirm that the signal wire (small) is only live when the key is in the start position (when key springs back to on, it should go dead) If so, then problem 3 can be ruled out

Remove the starter motor from the engine and inspect the starter pinion gear, check for wear on the pinion gear, if it has scalloped enough to catch and not be able to retract, check ringgear on flywheel.

Inspect pinion axle shaft, depending on starter motor design, it may have multiple axles, the main place to check is where the pinion slides up to engage the ringgear, bad wear on that shaft can cause the pinion to become stuck engaged.

Last test is to fire up the starter out of the car, and see if the pinion fails to retract after the solenoid feed is stopped.

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When hooking my new vrod battery up i can hear the starter spinning when i try to attach the ground...what am i doing wrong


When you discovered your battery was kaput, you were probably trying to start your bike at the time. I have seen on rare occasions that when this happens, the starter solenoid gets "stuck" in the "engaged" positon. Try rocking your bike backwards and forwards a few times with the transmission in high gear. Rock the bike while shifting the tranny until you get it into high gear. The with the clutch out, rock the bike and turn the engine over a few times. Shift the bike back down to neutral and try to connect the battery. Rocking the bike while in gear rotates the outer clutch drum. If the starter jack shaft is still engaged with the ring gear on the outer clutch drum, rocking the bike a bit will turn the drum allowing the spring in the starter to pull the jack shaft and starter gear back out of engagement. I hope this helps.

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I have a Kawasaki ZXR 750 H1. When starting the engine sometimes it wont start and I hear a clicking sound, I believe that it's the starter motor sticking. Am I right and how easy iis it to change?


It also could be the starter relay. First I would check all the conections to the battery, Starter relay in and out and the conection to the starter itself.

Sep 17, 2009 | 1989 kawasaki ZXR 750

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Starter drive gear wont engage on a HD fxrs


Sounds to me like the "overrunning clutch" is bad. You'll have to remove the starter and disassemble it. The starter drive is part #31663-90 according to the latest V-Twin book I have. It may have a different number on your 2000 model.

Sep 02, 2009 | 2000 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage...

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Feels like gears are slipping with any kind of power


If you are hearing a bad grinding noise then Stop riding the bike NOW. If you continue to ride, or run the engine, you will only do more internal damage and make the repair cost higher. Chances are you have a bent shift fork and the noise is the engaging dogs on the slider gear grinding the side of a fixed gear because the bent fork is preventing full engagement.

The entire engine comes out of the frame and gets completely torn down. The top end comes off, the case covers come off, the clutch, shift shaft, kick starter, flywheel and electrics all come off. Then the case is split to gain access to the gears and shift drum. The gears and shift drum now get removed and now the fork can be replaced. If a gear needs to be replaced because of a broken teeth, replace also any gear the teeth mesh with. A few special tools are needed. Sorry for having to give you the bad news.

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