My starter just spins but does not engage with the flywheel!

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My starter just spins but does not engage with the flywheel!

Postby oovmiester25 » Mon Mar 17, 2008 5:20 am

I have tried hitting the side of the starter. I can not seem to find another thread that is explaining the problem just as mine is. My starter is spinning when I turn the key, but it is not engaging with the flywheel. Can anybody give me any ideas?


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Re: My starter just spins but does not engage with the flywheel! (oovmiester25)

Postby Q45tech » Mon Mar 17, 2008 8:00 am

18 years is probably good starter life. The usual proceedure is to remove starter and examine .

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Re: My starter just spins but does not engage with the flywheel! (oovmiester25)

Postby h.240 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:04 pm

Remove the starter and check the wires that run to the starter solenoid. Sometime these can become corroded and will not pass current. Try cleaning them with a wire brush (disconnect them to make sure you get them really clean), and then reinstall the starter. If it doesn't work after that you need either a new starter solenoid (if you can even buy it seperately) or a whole new sterter.

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Postby aris_unlimited » Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:25 pm

a good bet is that the starter is not actually "popping out" to engage with the flywheel. Best bet is you need a new starter.

When I worked at a pep boys before we used to get starters all the time that would still spin great, but they would not actually pop out and engage.

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Postby lightsout » Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:58 pm

i used to work at Pepboys too...lol...and we did have a lot of those.

look into buying a new one

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Postby 311 RB26DETT » Tue Apr 01, 2008 8:35 pm

go to an auto electric place and ask them to replaces the brushes... i had the same exact problem... they told me the starters are industructable but the brushes get worn out like any starter...

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Postby kapitaljin » Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:23 pm

As h.240 said, it is the solenoid. If the starter spins but doesnt engage, the solenoid is most likely the issue, not the brushes.

If it's worn out to the point that the solenoid isnt passing current, might as well look into a new one to be safe.

If you have a multi meter, you can check this to see if the solenoid is still functioning. I mean... hey, I picked up a starter on nico for 25 shipped with less than 5k miles... sweet deal or what?

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Re: My starter just spins but does not engage with the flywheel! (oovmiester25)

Postby TrukillaS14 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:50 am

well to me there are two options its either wat some of the others said like the solenoid or, me I was would say not the flywheel but its teeth, its possible that there are teeth that are so worn down that the starter can't turn it its cuz its not touching any teeth.

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Re: My starter just spins but does not engage with the flywheel! (oovmiester25)

Postby NissanPartsDepartment » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:00 am

Remove the starter and inspect the teeth on the flywheel.

If they are not damaged, the problem is in the starter bendix drive. The bendix is the clutch drive that has the starter gear on it. (the peice that the solinoid actually moves. If you have never worked on a starter, it may be a lot easier to replace the whole starter.


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