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Old 11-06-2018, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default Starter spins but wont engage flywheel

Installed new battery and battery connection terminals.
New starter


When I press down on the clutch and turn the key over I hear the starter start spinning but the bendix doesn't throw out to engage the flywheel until I let off the key, then ill hear it engage and I can turn the key to start it. This started happening after I replaced the battery. Too many CCA (I know 12V is 12V and the CCA is internal battery storage at 0-32 degrees or something like that, but i feel like the truck cranks over faster now.)? Maybe I hooked a wire up wrong somewhere (once I let off the key the bendix throws out and engages the fly wheel, it will stay engaged even after removing the key and will stay engaged until I start the truck.)?

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Old 11-06-2018, 11:22 PM   #2
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Was it doing anything like that before you changed the starter motor?
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:48 PM   #3
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By "new starter", do you mean you bought a remanufactured (or rebuilt) starter?

Those are not ever as good as a new starter, particularly on Japanese vehicles.
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:53 PM   #4
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Yeah it started doing that after I changed the battery, so then i put a new starter on and it is still doing the same thing. It could just be bad luck and got another garbage starter.
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When places rebuild starters and alternators, they typically just replace the brushes and contacts, clean it, and resell it.

Japanese parts last forever. When they finally go out, it isn't because the contacts wore out. Japanese parts usually go out because of worn bearings or the shaft is physically degraded. Those parts never get replaced.

Long story short: When replacing electrical motors on Japanese vehicles, always buy a new part.
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Old 11-07-2018, 12:53 AM   #6
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I just double checked everything wiring wise and all was okay, I'm replacing the big blue starter inhibitor relay and also have another starter on standby in case that doesn't fix the problem
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TWICE my "new" starter failed within 2 days of installing it on my 95 2.4. First one stated spinning when I was on the highway, thankfully it wasn't engaging. I didn't dare shut it off out of fear I would be stuck on side of road. It seized up before I got home. Changed it under warranty and the next day my wife called me to tell me the truck was trying to start on its own in the garage. Told her to disconnect batt cable. Swapped it out again for different Chinese one and it's been good for about 2 years now. These starters suck to change, but I can do them now in about 20 minutes start to finish. Hardest part is fishing it thru the torsion bar. I doubt your inhibitor relay is bad. I would bet on starter.
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well fingers crossed it'll be resolved tomorrow.
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I'm leaning towards the starter itself.




And for the record, I installed a CarQuest remanufactured starter on my 1998 Frontier about a dozen years ago, has been fine.


We also have a new Autozone starter in the 2005 Yukon, maybe 6 years now, fine too.


My 1998 Frontier also has a lifetime O'Reilly alternator too, maybe 5 years now.
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I am having the same issue I put a push button start and its not engaging the flywheel i have a wire from starter to button and button to battery could it be the relay?
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