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  • wayne_echols Jul 19, 2009

    The starter, is spinning not the motor, i thought the selenoid is what engages the pinion gear.



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Well considering you said it spins, i'm assuming you mean that you hear the starter spinning and it's not turning the motor. That means the starter gear is probably worn out and you'll need a new starter, as for the solenoid, if the solenoid was bad you would not hear the starter doing anything. So its a safe bet that your starter is not working properly.

If it is turning the motor, then you have an ignition or fuel issue.

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