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Old 02-15-2006, 17:01   #1 (permalink)
Clydesdale
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Starter problems

It's a '90 econoline 8 cyl van
Upon trying to start it up today, after a trip into town an hour earlier,
the starter just whines, almost like it became disconnected from the motor,
hence, no resistance, just spinning around very fast.
Any ideas what this latest problem is?
Thanx in advance.


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Old 02-15-2006, 17:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Starter problems

"Clydesdale" <pegasus@accesswave.ca> wrote:

> It's a '90 econoline 8 cyl van
> Upon trying to start it up today, after a trip into town an hour
> earlier, the starter just whines, almost like it became disconnected
> from the motor, hence, no resistance, just spinning around very fast.
> Any ideas what this latest problem is?
> Thanx in advance.


Unless the bolts came out and starter is loose, (very unlikely).. the
starter needs replaced. OR.. you have a couple teeth off the Ring gear of
the Torque converter flex plate.
If you're inclined, try to turn the engine a little with the belts/pulleys.

Usually though, that problem is intermittent for a while... bad luck for
you, if you can never get it to engage.


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Old 02-15-2006, 17:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Starter problems

my guess is that the bendix (starter engagement solenoid that pushes starter
"into" the starter gear) has gone bad or needs cleening&light lubricating.

the worse scenario is that the starter gear is missing some cogs... , and it
accidentally stopped in the wrong place.
Try pushing the car a bit, while it is in a gear. If after that it still
doesn't engage, dismantle the starter and it's solenoid (bendix), and check
it thoroughly.

It sometimes happens, in cold weather, that a few attempts are needed before
the bendix manages to do it's job...



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