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1996 Ford Explorer The starter spins but won't engage put new starter and solenoid and still have same problem

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The old and new one the same thing ( Terian_5 's answer is a good one )but first try turning the engine by hand with a socket and breaker bar I am suspicious of the flex plate that it's missing teeth or you have put a shim there that's not letting the starter gear make contact with the flex plate flywheel again this is unclear is this the same problem with 2 starters or just this new one?

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I know this might seem like a pain but remove your starter again and test it with jumper cables to see if the pinion drive extends and rotates if it doesnt then your starter is defective

Posted on Feb 06, 2010

  • Anonymous Feb 06, 2010

    i have had this problem before now when i buy a starter i always check it first

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    Serge Lamoureux Aug 24, 2019

    All ready did that, but I heard that we can invert the brushes. Excuse my english I'm a french guy.

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