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Old 03-11-2019, 10:33 AM   #1
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Starter not engaging,but not all the time!

Is my starter going bad or do I have a bad spot on my flywheel?
Sometimes, not always when I try to start my truck the starter will whine but not engage. Second try usually will start the truck. I guess if teeth were missing on the flywheel it might not ever engage unless the flywheel was rotated some, is this right? Thanks inadvance!
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:23 AM   #2
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Re: Starter not engaging,but not all the time!

Bendix is bad most likely...
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Old 03-11-2019, 11:48 AM   #3
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Re: Starter not engaging,but not all the time!

If the starter spins, but doesn't engage the flywheel, the gear is not popping out.

If it grinds really bad, I would look at the flywheel and spacing.
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Old 03-11-2019, 02:56 PM   #4
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Re: Starter not engaging,but not all the time!

as mongo said, your Bendix is going bad
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Old 03-11-2019, 04:49 PM   #5
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Re: Starter not engaging,but not all the time!

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Is my starter going bad or do I have a bad spot on my flywheel?
Sometimes, not always when I try to start my truck the starter will whine but not engage. Second try usually will start the truck. I guess if teeth were missing on the flywheel it might not ever engage unless the flywheel was rotated some, is this right? Thanks inadvance!
yes your starter is getting ready to go .they are not to bad to change out and cheap just don't strip the 2 block mounting bolts
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Old 03-12-2019, 02:04 PM   #6
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Re: Starter not engaging,but not all the time!

Thank you mongocanfly, rpmerf, Big Moose, and bigdaddy4X4. I am off to get a replacement starter.
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Old 03-12-2019, 09:59 PM   #7
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Re: Starter not engaging,but not all the time!

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Thank you mongocanfly, rpmerf, Big Moose, and bigdaddy4X4. I am off to get a replacement starter.
This is just my opinion, but if I have a starter on a vehicle that seems to "fit" good, as in sounds good when starting(when it works) and doesn't grind-sounds like it meshes good with the flexplate or flywheel, I would rather rebuild or have rebuilt the starter I have rather than getting a different one. I have had too many problems with replacements need shimmed to get them to sound right when starting....It can be a real pain to get them right.
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:52 AM   #8
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Re: Starter not engaging,but not all the time!

I would keep your old starter even if you get a re-built unit. The Chinese crap has poisoned the supply chain to the point that even an otherwise quality reman unit may not fit properly.

You can usually get yours re-built locally so you end up with a starter that actually fits.
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Old 03-13-2019, 05:37 PM   #9
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Re: Starter not engaging,but not all the time!

Mine did that for a while and eventually started engaging but not disengaging, had to pull the battery cable off to get it to stop cranking.

I had luck taking the starter apart and turning all the contacts inside around to a fresh side (they were reversible in my starter).
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