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    97 won't start, won't crank but starter spins...

    We replaced the starter and it was OK for a couple of times. Now when I go to start it, the starter spins but the engine does not..

    Defective starter out of the box? Its a brand new f-ing expensive Denso unit..

    Almost sounds like its not kicking out and catching the flywheel.. I tried turning the engine by hand several times with no luck... Its my friends and its now stuck at my place.. Any help would be most appreciated.

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    Yup, bad starter. I went through a bunch of reconditioned ones once, but would be pissed if it was new.
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    Are you sure you installed it correctly? Maybe something wasn't tightened and after a few drives, the teeth on the starter aren't aligned correctly with the engine? Is it possible the battery doesn't have enough juice?
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    Well, i didn't install it and yup, I fully charged the battery.. all I still get is the starter gear spinning but no engagement..

    And to think I told my friend to go with the more expensive Denso unit for better quality... Sheesh..

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    Could be that the starter is just bad then. But I'd make sure it's aligned property and that somebody didn't forget to tighten something so that i has shifted since it was installed.
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    well, we found out the problem and yep the starter was bad BUT not for the reason you might think.

    Turns out the idiot mechanic installed a MANUAL transmission starter and my friends car is an AUTOMATIC. Sheesh what a maroon!! it burnt out a new starter which including labor was 339.00

    I bought him a rebuilt starter from my trusty parts place, installed in 20 minutes and it cost him...

    $89.00

    taking the starter back to the moron that put it in and getting his money back..

    next time he WILL listen to me and allow me to do the work/ diagnosis for him in the first place!

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